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Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam

Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam

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by Lewis Sorley

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Westmoreland is a great book, a classic by an author who knows his subject well and tells the story without hesitation.” — General Donn A. Starry, U.S. Army (ret.), Commander, Army Training and Doctrine Command (1977–1981)

Is it possible that the riddle of America’s military failure in Vietnam has a one-word, one-man answer?

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Westmoreland 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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holomorph More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I ever read on Vietnam -- and I was very quick to assume that Westmoreland was to blame, as Sorley wanted me to believe. However, I kept reading, figuring that there was "more to the story" of Vietnam than was mentioned by Sorely. I have purchased several more books from B&N and have come to the conclusion that while Sorley's book about Westmoreland might offer some insight in the more mundane problems of the Vietnam war (as related to Westmoreland), it certainly does NOT give the reader the entire picture of the war and the political issues and the thought process of the North Vietnamese and how these were more of the major issues facing the administrators of the Vietnam War. I would recommend reading this, because the user will undoubtedly gain some insight into the war's problems -- but this book in no way goes into all of the problems of the vietnam war. The reader will just have to keep reading other books to get the whole picture. So reader, please read this and then keep reading other Vietnam history -- only in this way will you learn what Vietnam was about.
Lee44FL More than 1 year ago
Sorley is a big fan of Creighton Abrams and clearly critical of Westmoreland. This book adds insights to the discussion but should not be read alone to understand the situation. Having said that you should add this to any collection on the Vietnam War.
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From this and his previous book, "A Better War," Lewis Sorley has clearly demonstrated that he is an author who decides on a conclusion and then writes until satisfied that he has reached it. Such bias and obvious prejudice disqualifies this so-called biography of General Westmoreland from ANY role in the meaningful debate on the Vietnam War - as suggested by another reviewer. This is very unfortunate because the author is a thorough researcher and a gifted writer who could just as easily have made an extremely valuable contribution to the Vietnam War era literature. However, I must admit that Sorley "pulls no punches" with regard to how he feels about his subject. A mere reading of the title demonstrates where he plans to take the reader. In this case anyone so narrow-minded as to think that Westmoreland is the "General Who Lost the Vietnam War" will find this book to be a delightful ride through fantasyland. For a more factual and well-balanced look at this admittedly controversial figure from the Vietnam War interested readers should take a look at Samuel Zaffiri's book. It is neither an homage to the General nor is it the "alley gang rape" as performed by Sorley. All of this being said, Lewis Sorley's body of work is best characterized as fiction and is to be avoided by any reader of history!