The Blood Road: The Ho Chi Minh Trail and the Vietnam War / Edition 1

The Blood Road: The Ho Chi Minh Trail and the Vietnam War / Edition 1

by John Prados
     
 

"Enormously illuminating. . . . John Prados can lead a reader, from the "battle buff" to the expert, through the series of campaigns near the DMZ and along Route 9 better than any other author I have read. . . . His understanding of the decision-making process in Hanoi is nuanced and sophisticated. . . . A first-rate book from a first-rate

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"Enormously illuminating. . . . John Prados can lead a reader, from the "battle buff" to the expert, through the series of campaigns near the DMZ and along Route 9 better than any other author I have read. . . . His understanding of the decision-making process in Hanoi is nuanced and sophisticated. . . . A first-rate book from a first-rate scholar."—Robert K. Brigham, Vassar College

"The most comprehensive treatment yet of the Ho Chi Minh Trail and its place in the war."?Washington Post

"An excellent book about one of the most important facets of the Vietnam War. . . . From now on it will be irresponsible for any Vietnam War scholar to deal with the strategy for this still controversial conflict without referring to The Blood Road, a thoughtful, painstakingly researched book."?The Quarterly Journal of Military History

"A valuable work of interest to all scholars of the Vietnam War."?Journal of Military History

Could the United States have won the Vietnam War if it had been able to cut off the Viet Cong from their North Vietnamese support by severing the Ho Chi Minh Trail? Acclaimed historian John Prados tackles this crucial question in this elegant, unprecedented, and exciting work of historical scholarship. Aided by recently declassified government documents and previously unavailable oral histories, memoirs, and interviews, Prados explores all sides of the conflict, providing details of the action in Hanoi and North Vietnam and avoiding the narrowly focused battle histories, atomized individual accounts, and overly generalized visions dominating previous histories.

A History Book Club Selection

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471254652
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/30/1998
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
1.13(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Introduction
Ch. 1"Plainly a Gateway to Southeast Asia": 1954-19601
Ch. 2Ants and Elephants: 1961-196221
Ch. 3The Watershed: 1962-196343
Ch. 4The Battle Joined: 1963-196461
Ch. 5Dark Road Ahead: 1964-196591
Ch. 6The World and The 'Nam123
Ch. 7Squeezing Hanoi: 1965-1966139
Ch. 8Indian Country: 1966-1967181
Ch. 9Forks in the Road: 1967205
Ch. 10Fire in the Night: 1968241
Ch. 11Pinball Wizards: 1968-1969267
Ch. 12A Strategy of Force: 1969-1970287
Ch. 13No Plug in the Funnel: 1971311
Ch. 14The Road Turns South: 1971-1975351
Afterword381
Notes383
Index410

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