A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and the Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam (Google eBook)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jun 3, 1999 - History - 528 pages
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Neglected by scholars and journalists alike, the years of conflict in Vietnam from 1968 to 1975 offer surprises not only about how the war was fought, but about what was achieved. Drawing on authoritative materials not previously available, including thousands of hours of tape-recorded allied councils of war, award-winning military historian Lewis Sorley has given us what has long been needed-an insightful, factual, and superbly documented history of these important years. Among his findings is that the war was being won on the ground even as it was being lost at the peace table and in the U.S. Congress. The story is a great human drama of purposeful and principled service in the face of an agonizing succession of lost opportunities, told with uncommon understanding and compassion. Sorley documents the dramatic differences in conception, conduct, and-at least for a time-results between the early and the later war. Meticulously researched and movingly told, A Better War is sure to stimulate controversy as it sheds brilliant new light on the war in Vietnam.
This e-book includes a sample chapter of WESTMORELAND.

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Lewis Sorley is graduate of West Point with a doctorate in history from Johns Hopkins University and an American intelligence strategist and military historian. In A Better War, he argues that the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Adamonip - Goodreads

This is a great book on the last years of the Vietnam War with a lot of good lessons leaned. However the author use Gen Abrams as his vehicle for telling the story which at times is a little much for me. Read full review


1 Inheritance
2 New Tactics
3 Third Offensive
4 Intelligence
5 Pacification
6 Interdiction
7 Tet 1969
8 Drawdown
15 Lam Son 719
16 Aftermath
17 Elections
18 Soldiers
19 Anticipation
20 Easter Offensive
21 Transition
22 CeaseFire

9 Higher Hurdles
10 Resolution 9
11 Leaders
12 Cambodia
13 Victory
14 Toward Laos
23 Final Days
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Lewis Sorley is a third-generation graduate of the United States Military Academy who also holds a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University. He served in Vietnam, and in the Pentagon in the offices of Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger and Army Chief of Staff General William C. Westmoreland. He also taught at West Point and the Army War College. He is the author of five highly-regarded works of military history.

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