Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954–1965

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 28, 2006 - History - 512 pages
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Drawing on a wealth of new evidence from all sides, Triumph Forsaken, first published in 2007, overturns most of the historical orthodoxy on the Vietnam War. Through the analysis of international perceptions and power, it shows that South Vietnam was a vital interest of the United States. The book provides many insights into the overthrow of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem in 1963 and demonstrates that the coup negated the South Vietnamese government's tremendous, and hitherto unappreciated, military and political gains between 1954 and 1963. After Diem's assassination, President Lyndon Johnson had at his disposal several aggressive policy options that could have enabled South Vietnam to continue the war without a massive US troop infusion, but he ruled out these options because of faulty assumptions and inadequate intelligence, making such an infusion the only means of saving the country.

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Review: Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965

User Review  - Walk-Minh Allen - Goodreads

Mark Moyar's book must be one of the most intriguing ones about the Vietnam War that I've read in a long time. His insistence on a major reassessment of the Vietnam War is compelling enough that it ... Read full review

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User Review  - Don Kasprzak - Goodreads

A neocon's view of key elements dictating America's early role in Vietnam from the French surrender at Dien Bien Phu to the post Saigon junta after America backed the assassination of Ngo Dinh Diem. Read full review

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Dr Mark Moyar is the Kim T. Adamson Chair of Insurgency and Terrorism at the US Marine Corps University. He holds a B.A. summa cum laude in history from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in history from Cambridge University. A frequent commentator on historical and current events, his articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and many other publications. He is also the author of Phoenix and the Birds of Prey: Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism in Vietnam.

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