A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam

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Harcourt Brace & Company, 1999 - History - 507 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.
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Review: A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam

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Phenomenal read, exposes the bitter truths of an unpopular war; but who cares about "popularity," none of that matters to the troop in the field and the American citizen owes their support and loyalty ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rick - Goodreads

Lewis Sorley's “A Better War” is a book that compares and contrasts the two major command strategies of the US military during the Vietnam War. The strategies of the on-site commanders – one directed ... Read full review

Contents

Inheritance
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New Tactics
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Third Offensive
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Copyright

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About the author (1999)

A third-generation graduate of West Point, Lewis Sorley also holds a doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. He has served in the U.S. Army, on staff at the Pentagon, and later as a senior civilian official in the Central Intelligence Agency. He is the author of Thunderbolt: General Creighton Abrams and the Army of His Times, an excerpt of which won the 1991 Harold Peterson Prize as the year's best scholarly article on American military history, and of Honorable Warrior: General Harold K. Johnson and the Ethics of Command. He lives in the Washington, D.C., area.

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