Abandoning Vietnam: How America Left and South Vietnam Lost Its War

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About the Author:
James H. Willbanks is director of the Department of Military History at the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His other books include The Tet Offensive: A Concise History and The Battle of An Loc. An infantry officer for twenty-three years, he survived the devastating two-month-long artillery siege of An Loc during North Vietnam's 1972 Easter Offensive

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Editorial Reviews

Gregory P. Proceedings (U.S. Naval Institute)
An excellent read for the professional military officer, diplomat, politician, and academic.
Journal of American History
This book should be considered required reading by all students of the American War in Vietnam.
As Willbanks demonstrates, no expenditure of firepower, blood, or personal heroics can redeem flawed strategies and policies.
Library Journal
The word Vietnam continues to stir up emotions for an entire generation. Willbanks (Combat Studies Inst., Fort Leavenworth, KS), a former army infantry officer, argues that the U.S. government abandoned Vietnam without winning the fight or adequately preparing the South Vietnamese to win on their own. He outlines American actions from the election of Richard Nixon in 1968 to the final fall of Saigon in 1975 and holds that Nixon's Vietnamization program was too little, too late. What in the mid-1960s had been a strategic fight in the war against communism was by the mid-1970s a nightmare Americans hoped to forget. Since Vietnam, the United States has avoided protracted conflict until the recent invasion of Iraq, where comparisons to our Vietnam experience will only intensify as the United States tries to turn the political, police, and military functions over to the Iraqis. For its detailed analysis based on extensive primary and secondary sources, Abandoning Vietnam is suitable for academic and military libraries.-Charles M. Minyard (ret.), U.S. Army, Blountstown, FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700616237
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 8/7/2008
  • Series: Modern War Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 390
  • Sales rank: 984,544
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James H. Willbanks is a professor in the Combat Studies Institute at the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. An infantry officer for 23 years, he survived the devastating two-month-long artillery siege of An Loc during North Vietnam's 1972 Easter Offensive.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     ix
Preface to the Paperback Edition     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     1
Vietnamization     5
Implementing the New Strategy     21
The RVNAF in Action     43
Raising the Stakes     67
Lam Son 719     94
The Ultimate Test of Vietnamization     122
Cease-Fire and "Peace with Honor"     163
The Fateful Year     199
Collapse in the North     223
The Fall of Saigon     256
Conclusion     277
Notes     289
Bibliography     339
Index     363
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