Military Aspects of the Vietnam Conflict, Volume 2

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Walter L. Hixson
Taylor & Francis, 2000 - History - 330 pages
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More then a mere recounting of battles, military history offers a wide lens for viewing the Vietnam conflict. Among the issues addressed by articles in this volume are strategy, presidential decision making, the nature of limited war, use (and misuse) of air power, and spraying of herbicides to facilitate counterinsurgency warfare. Collectively, these articles flesh out the nature of the Vietnam War, analyzing key decisions, such as Lyndon Johnson's escalation of the conflict, as well as the Tet offensive (1968), a turning point in the war.
  

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Contents

The Development of the American Theory of Limited War
75
Social Class or Race?
109
Hard Lessons in Retrospect
169
Infiltration Coastal Surveillance
177
The Significance of Local Communist Forces in PostTet Vietnam
193
The Attack on Cap Mui Lay Vietnam July 1968
205
FastMovers and Herhicidal Spraying Southeast Asia
260
Why and How the U S Air Force Lost in Vietnam
273
Differing Evaluations of Vietnamization
289
Peoples War in Vietnam
309
Acknowledgments
329
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