America in Vietnam: The War That Couldn't Be Won

Front Cover
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Aug 16, 2009 - History - 232 pages
This controversial and timely book about the American experience in Vietnam provides the first full exploration of the perspectives of the North Vietnamese leadership before, during, and after the war. Herbert Y. Schandler offers unique insights into the mindsets of the North Vietnamese and their response to diplomatic and military actions of the Americans, laying out the full scale of the disastrous U.S. political and military misunderstandings of Vietnamese history and motivations. Including frank quotes from Vietnamese leaders, the book offers important new knowledge that allows us to learn invaluable lessons from the perspective of a victorious enemy.

Unlike most military officers who served in Vietnam, Schandler is convinced the war was unwinnable, no matter how long America stayed the course or how many resources were devoted to it. He is remarkably qualified to make these judgments as an infantry commander during the Vietnam War, a Pentagon policymaker, and a scholar who taught at West Point and National Defense University. His extensive personal interviews with North Vietnamese are drawn from his many trips to Hanoi after the war. Schandler provides not only a definitive analysis of the American failure in Vietnam but a crucial foundation for exploring the potential for success in the current guerrilla wars the United States is fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Chapter 01 The Illusion of Military Victory
1
Chapter 02 The Enemy
9
Chapter 03 The American Commitment
17
Chapter 04 The Road to War
25
Chapter 05 America Enters the War
51
The Futile Effort to Break Hanois Will
63
Photospread
90
Chapter 07 The Ground War
91
Guns and Butter?
133
Chapter 10 The Nixon Presidency
137
Chapter 11 Conclusion
151
Epilogue
173
Notes
179
Bibliography
191
Index
201
About the Author
207

Chapter 08 The Tet Offensive
121

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Colonel Herbert Y. Schandler (Ret) was George C. Marshall Professor of Grand Strategy at National Defense University.

Bibliographic information