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

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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 from thousands of hours of previously unavailable (and still classified) tape-recorded meetings between the highest levels of the American military command in Vietnam, A Better War is an insightful, factual, and superbly documented history of these final years. Through his exclusive access to authoritative materials, award-winning historian Lewis Sorley highlights the dramatic differences in conception, conduct, and-at least for a time-results between the early and later years of the war. Among his most important findings is that while the war was being lost at the peace table and in the U.S. Congress, the soldiers were winning on the ground. Meticulously researched and movingly told, A Better War sheds new light on the Vietnam War.
 

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

User Review  - JL Day - Goodreads

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

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

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

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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Back Cover
Spine
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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