Decent interval: an insider's account of Saigon's indecent end

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Random House, 1977 - History - 590 pages
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The onetime CIA information analyst in Saigon provides a closely recorded account of the American withdrawal from Saigon, criticizing in detail the self-serving activities and unnecessary miseries involved

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Snepp's book, which so offended the CIA that they sought to ban it, is a useful insiders account of the diplomatic side of the United State's involvement in the Vietnam War from the 'man on the ground ... Read full review

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Frank Snepp’s incisive view of the American embassy in the closing months of the Vietnamese war speaks volumes. The lessons of the failure of the intelligence community and upper levels of the military command are stunning, valid, and instructive today.
The failed attempt at stopping the distribution of this book was for one reason only – to keep the contents from the American public’s view. A bit like Nixon’s secret bombing of Cambodia. No secret to the Cambodians on the ground, just from the Americans, albeit for not long. No, this book is an essential read for all students of the Vietnamese era, and the reason the Vietnamese people won their freedom.


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About the author (1977)

Snepp graduated from Columbia College in New York and thereafter earned a Master's Degree there in International Affairs. In 1968, he signed on with the CIA where he worked for eight years in the espionage area serving as both operative and analyst.