Advisor: The Phoenix Program in Vietnam

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From his arrival in war-torn Vietnam in 1968 to his reluctant departure twenty-five months later, John Cook served as an advisor in the district of Di An and took part in the systematic operations of the Phoenix Program to destroy the Infrastructure, the political organization of the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces. The Advisor is the story of those twenty-five months of fighting an laughing and hoping, and of the people who shared them - Major Chau, a man who so tremendously symbolized dedication to the ...
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New in New jacket Book **NEW** From his arrival in war-torn Vietnam in 1968 to his reluctant departure twenty-five months later, John Cook served as an advisor in the district of ... Di An and took part in the systematic operations of the Phoenix Program to destroy the Infrastructure, the political organization of the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces. The Advisor is the story of those twenty-five months of fighting an laughing and hoping, and of the people who shared them-Major Chau, a man who so tremendously symbolized dedication to the destruction of the Infrastructure that the Viet Cong made several attempts on his life; Lietenant Hau, Cook's Vietnamese counterpart and close friend; Colonel Anderson and Major Allen, two of Di An's senior advisors; and other American and Vietnamese colleagues who-fighting a war at its "rice roots, " rather than viewing it through myriad news analyses and peace demonstration demands-found it impossible to remain objective about such a conflict. More than the story of bombings, sweep operations, enemy confrontations, and hamlet pillages, The Advisor tells how one man came to see the Vietnam War as his war, how he bacame involved in the district villagers' struggle for their freedom from terrorism, and how he learned the true costs of that freedom. Read more Show Less

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From his arrival in war-torn Vietnam in 1968 to his reluctant departure twenty-five months later, John Cook served as an advisor in the district of Di An and took part in the systematic operations of the Phoenix Program to destroy the Infrastructure, the political organization of the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces. The Advisor is the story of those twenty-five months of fighting an laughing and hoping, and of the people who shared them - Major Chau, a man who so tremendously symbolized dedication to the destruction of the Infrastructure that the Viet Cong made several attempts on his life; Lietenant Hau, Cook's Vietnamese counterpart and close friend; Colonel Anderson and Major Allen, two of Di An's senior advisors; and other American and Vietnamese colleagues who - fighting a war at its "rice roots," rather than viewing it through myriad news analyses and peace demonstration demands - found it impossible to remain objective about such a conflict. More than the story of bombings, sweep operations, enemy confrontations, and hamlet pillages, The Advisor tells how one man came to see the Vietnam War as his war, how he bacame involved in the district villagers' struggle for their freedom from terrorism, and how he learned the true costs of that freedom.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780764301377
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Series: Schiffer Military History Ser.
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.23 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2001

    Finally, I Understand

    After almost thirty years of trying to understand the Vietnam War, along comes a book that makes it all crystal clear. John Cook takes the reader down to the rice paddies and lets the reader see, through his eyes, exactly what this whole thing was all about. Told in the first person, with brutal directness, he not only tells us, but lets us see, the brutality of the communist Viet Cong and North Vietnamese. We go on ambushes, raids, combat operations, as the district forces hunt down these thugs that blow up market places and kill innocent villagers. Cook shreds the pathetic liberal argument that the Viet Cong are simple 'freedom fighters' fighting for the 'people.' He exposes them for what they are--murderers. His direct style is refreshing. Told with emotion and just the right amount of humor, John Cook has made this tragic chapter in American history extremely easy to grasp. While he may make some uncomfortable with his unflinching candor, it is a story that is impossible to challenge. He was there, on the ground, for two and a half years. The incredible insight that this young man gained should be treated as a national treasure. Keep at it, Colonel Cook!!!

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