Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War: Military Information You're Not Supposed to Know

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Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War allows us to see what really happened to American forces in Southeast Asia, separating popular myth from explosive reality in a clear, concise manner. Containing more than two hundred examinations of different aspects of the war, the book questions why the American military ignored the lessons taught by previous encounters with insurgency forces; probes the use of group think and mind control by the North Vietnamese; and explores the role technology played in shaping the ...

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Overview

Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War allows us to see what really happened to American forces in Southeast Asia, separating popular myth from explosive reality in a clear, concise manner. Containing more than two hundred examinations of different aspects of the war, the book questions why the American military ignored the lessons taught by previous encounters with insurgency forces; probes the use of group think and mind control by the North Vietnamese; and explores the role technology played in shaping the way the war was fought. Of course, the book also reveals the "dirty little secrets," the truth behind such aspects of the conflict as the rise of the Montagnard mercenaries-the most feared group of soldiers participating in the secret war in Laos-and the details of the hidden struggle for the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

With its unique and perceptive examination of the conflict, Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War offers a critical addition to the library of Vietnam War history.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Informative and entertaining but sobering." —The New York Times Book Review on Dirty Little Secrets

"Dirty Little Secrets is full of surprises about the inner workings of war-making machinery around the world. and, with war and rumors of war no more distant than the front page of today's newspaper, Dirty Little Secrets is a useful briefing...A handbook for our times." —Los Angeles Times on Dirty Little Secrets

Kirkus Reviews
Precious few secrets are revealed in this densely scattershot look at multiple aspects of the Vietnam War. Perhaps a better title for this wide-ranging book might be "An Enormous Number of Vietnam War Facts and Figures Covering Many Different Aspects of the War, Some of Which Are Not Widely Known, and Many of Which Are Readily Available in Dozens of Books." Among the few facts that conceivably fit the title's sensational promise are that 30 percent of the Americans who died in the war were Roman Catholics; that "underage boys" enlisted in the US military to fight in the war; that some renegade Japanese troops and Nazi Germans fought briefly with the Viet Minh against the French in the years following WWII; and that the communist side suffered from desertion and draft-dodging. Almost none of the other myriad facts on dozens of subjects, marshaled by the prolific military historians Dunnigan and Nofi (Victory at Sea: World War II in the Pacific, 1995, etc.), are bona fide secrets. The information given is either merely not widely known, fairly well known, or very well known to nearly anyone. In the latter category belong sundry authorial proclamations: that during the war "territory was commonly taken, lost, and retaken repeatedly, a particularly disheartening experience for the troops who got shot up doing it"; that there "was no hero's welcome for the returning [American] soldiers"; and that "Americans held prisoner by the enemy had a rough time." Aside from such banalities, the authors include a blizzard of statistical information on military hardware and personnel matters, much of it interesting and much of it seemingly accurate, although Dunnigan and Nofi provide only aminimal amount of supporting documentation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312252823
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2000
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 398
  • Sales rank: 1,456,451
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

James F. Dunnigan and Albert A. Nofi are the authors of hundreds of books and articles on military affairs. Dunnigan has been a consultant to the State Department, the CIA, and the Army War College. Nofi is the editor of the series The Great Campaigns of Military History.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
A Word on Usage
Abbreviations
Ch. 1 The Enduring Myths of the Vietnam War 1
Ch. 2 The Forty-Year War 25
Ch. 3 In The Bush (Ground Combat) 59
Ch. 4 Slicks, Puffs, and Fast Movers (War in the Air) 106
Ch. 5 Blue Water, Green Water, Brown Water (The Naval War) 139
Ch. 6 Base Camp Follies 154
Ch. 7 War in the Shadows 168
Ch. 8 Leadership 203
Ch. 9 Numbers and Losses 240
Ch. 10 The Home Front 257
Ch. 11 The Other Side 267
Ch. 12 Logistics 291
Ch. 13 The Combat Units 302
Ch. 14 The Aftermath 329
App A Vietnam War Glossary: Acronyms, Code Words, and Slang 345
Recommended Reading 355
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