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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0471254657

ISBN-13: 9780471254652

Pub. Date: 10/30/1998

Publisher: Wiley

The Blood Road 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 an elegant, unprecedented, and exciting work of historical scholarship. Built as a vital gateway inside a divided nation,

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The Blood Road 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 an elegant, unprecedented, and exciting work of historical scholarship. Built as a vital gateway inside a divided nation, the Ho Chi Minh Trail embodied the dreams and aspirations of an entire people. As the North Vietnamese struggled to open and sustain The Trail, the American and South Vietnamese forces struggled to close it—a life-and-death contest that tells the intricate and dramatic story of the Vietnam War in microcosm. The Blood Road recounts this complex story with unprecedented depth and clarity. The Ho Chi Minh Trail—whose flow of troops, civilians, and armaments became the lifeblood of a long campaign toward violent victory—was Hanoi’s only connection by land to South Vietnam. Ultimately comprising more than twelve thousand miles of roads and paths through some of the world’s harshest geography, The Trail and the epic struggle behind building and crossing it became the central experience for an entire generation. Graves filling 72 military cemeteries in Vietnam stand as silent, grisly testimony to the notorious road’s devastating toll. Aided by formerly secret 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 vision that have dominated previous histories. Prados considers each of the multiple perspectives that shaped the conflict: the struggle of the Vietnamese soldiers in the jungles, the heroism of American troops, the highly influential antiwar protests of the period, the intricate machinations of the generals and diplomats, and the lingering impact on the people and governments of neighboring Laos and Cambodia. With this book, Prados achieves an illuminating and pathbreaking reassessment of the century’s most ambivalently perceived war. Resonant and carefully crafted, The Blood Road makes for absorbing, indispensable reading.

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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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