The Tragedy of the Vietnam War: A South Vietnamese Officer's Analysis (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Sep 19, 2008 - History - 280 pages
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What Americans call the Vietnam War actually began in December 1946 with a struggle between the communists and the French for possession of the country--but Vietnam's strategic position in southeast Asia inevitably led to the involvement of other countries. Written by an officer in the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces, this poignant memoir seeks to clarify the nuances of South Vietnam's defeat. From the age of 12, Van Nguyen Duong watched as the conflict affected his home, family, village and friends. He discusses not only the day-to-day hardships of wartime but his postwar forced relocation and eventual imprisonment. A special focus is on the anguish caused by the illusive reality of Vietnamese independence. The political forces at work north and south, the hardships suffered by RVNAF soldiers after the 1975 U.S. withdrawal, and the effects of reunification on the Vietnamese people are discussed.
  

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Contents

The Spirit of the Land
1
Vietnam the Arena of Confrontation Between the East and the West
11
Aggression and Deterrence
19
The Two Vietnams
33
CounterInsurgency Strategy
57
The Death of a President and a Democracy
80
The Escalation of the War
91
The Lunch Bunch War
103
Betrayal
178
The Communists Final Campaign
191
The Bitter End of South Vietnam
199
The Vietnam Wars Aftermath
221
The Laws of God
236
A Sorrowful Existence in a War Time
239
The ElevenPoint Program Accords January 1962
241
Chapter Notes
243

The 1968 Tet Offensive The Turning Point
115
Honorable Withdrawal?
125
The RVNAF in the Red Summer 1972
142
Washing Their Hands
165

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About the author (2008)

After the fall of Saigon Van Nguyen Duong was imprisoned for 13 years for "re-education." He immigrated to the United States in 1991 and now lives in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has contributed to several Vietnamese magazines in the United States and Canada.

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