One Day Too Long: Top Secret Site 85 and the Bombing of North Vietnam

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $7.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 90%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (13) from $7.99   
  • New (2) from $56.88   
  • Used (11) from $7.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$56.88
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(122)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Fast Shipping! 1999 Columbia University Press Edition; Hardcover; Brand new; Pristine

Ships from: Garland, TX

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$82.07
Seller since 2007

Feedback rating:

(23374)

Condition: New
BRAND NEW

Ships from: Avenel, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by

Overview

One of the Vietnam War´s most closely guarded secrets -a highly classified U.S. radar base in the mountains of neutral Laos -led to the disappearance of a small group of elite military personnel, a loss never fully acknowledged by the American government. Now, thirty years later, one book recounts the harrowing story -and offers some measure of closure on this decades-old mystery.
Because of the covert nature of the mission at Lima Site 85 -providing bombing instructions to U.S. Air Force tactical aircraft from the "safe harbor" of a nation that was supposedly neutral -the wives of the eleven servicemen were warned in no uncertain terms never to discuss the truth about their husbands. But one wife, Ann Holland, refused to remain silent. Timothy Castle draws on her personal records and recollections as well as upon a wealth of interviews with surviving servicemen and recently declassified information to tell the full story.
The result is a tale worthy of Tom Clancy but told by a scholar with meticulous attention to historical accuracy. More than just an account of government deception, One Day Too Long is the story of the courageous men who agreed to put their lives in danger to perform a critical mission in which they could not be officially acknowledged. Indeed the personnel at Site 85 agreed to be "sheep-dipped" -removed from their military status and technically placed in the employ of a civilian company.
Castle reveals how the program, code-named "Heavy Green," was conceived and approved at the highest levels of the U.S. government. In spine tingling detail, he describes the selection of the men and the construction and operation of the radar facility on a mile-high cliff in neutral Laos, even as the North Vietnamese Army began encircling the mountain. He chronicles the communist air attack on Site 85, the only such aerial bombing of the entire Vietnam War.
A saga of courage, cover-up, and intrigue One Day Too Long tells how, in a shocking betrayal of trust, for thirty years the U.S. government has sought to hide the facts and now seeks to acquiesce to perfidious Vietnamese explanations for the disappearance of eleven good men.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Roland Green
An almost perfect example of investigative history not falling over into 'gotcha' journalism.
Steve Weinberg
Part of the fascination of Castle's book comes from the odyssey he and the families [of the missing men] took inside the ludicrous world of top-secret military information.
Anthony Day
An invaluable book about one important incident in the secret war in Laos in 1968 that appears at a most opportune time.
H.R. McMaster
Castle´s meticulous research has penetrated a veil of secrecy surrounding a fascinating, sad, and disappointing story. . . . The implications of this book transcend the experience of Site 85 and highlight the danger of those far removed from the scene making decisions that place people in harm´s way. Castle illuminates the price of obsessive secrecy; in this case, a price paid in blood and sorrow by a small group of men and their families.
Journal of Military History
[T]his is an excellent work that will surely provoke discussion and debate. Many historians will welcome the research into this previously little known area of the Vietnam War. Others will appreciate the author's exposure of what he claims to be government cover-up. Finally, no one will be able to resist the compelling description of a widow who takes on the callous bureaucracy to discover the truth behind her husband's disappearance in Laos.
Robert D. Schulzinger
A gripping story. . . . Castle is able to put a human face on the war, tell a story of a real battle and place that battle in the context of military history, while at the same time illuminating the vexing POW issue.
Ronald R. Fogleman
Castle has done a superb job of researching and writing about a time, place, and unit which is little-known and even less well understood....The actions of those in charge and the treatment of their families should be a subject for mandatory study in our professional military education system.
VVA Veteran
A combination of history, analysis, investigative journalism, and personal crusade focusing on the fate of nine U.S. Air Force personnel missing in action in Laos.
Chris Pastilelis
Informative, exciting, and sympathetic.
Michael E. Haas
Castle's suspenseful writing style and dogged tenacity penetrate the decades-long US government efforts to hide this shameful event. This authoritative account is also a refreshing departure from the all-too-common practice of describing dubious adventures without documenting sources.
Library Journal
Castle, who served two tours of duty in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, teaches national security studies at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama and is a frequent MIA investigator for the Department of Defense. His book concerns the deployment of a radar site (code-named "Heavy Green") in the supposedly neutral country of Laos. In theory, the site was to provide round-the-clock bombing capability to planes attacking North Vietnam. In fact, the site had hardly been operational before the North Vietnam forces knew of it and took steps to eliminate it. It thus became "bait" to lure the enemy forces where they could be attacked--albeit in a neutral country. The men who volunteered to man the site gave up their military commissions, becoming employees of a private military contractor, and were exposed to great danger--all for a mission that could not even be acknowledged. Castle does an excellent job of telling the stories of the doomed radar personnel, using interviews with their widows and with surviving servicemen. This is a story that has waited 30 years to be told. Recommended for public and academic libraries.--Mark E. Ellis, Albany State Univ., GA
Booknews
Investigates the disappearance of 11 American servicemen from a top- secret American radar installation in Laos during the Vietnam war. The author explores the decision to place the installation in a neutral country at the highest levels of the U.S. government and examines the shifting official explanations of what happened put forth by both combatants. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Anthony Day
An invaluable book about one important incident in the secret war in Laos in 1968 that appears at a most opportune time.
Los Angeles Times
Kirkus Reviews
A combination of history, analysis, investigative journalism, and personal crusade focusing on the fate of nine US air force personnel missing in action in Laos. Castle (At War in the Shadow of Vietnam, not reviewed) is an accomplished historian whose area of expertise is the American "secret war" in Laos. A Vietnam War veteran, university professor (National Security Studies/Air Univ.), and former Pentagon POW/MIA researcher and investigator, he brings unmatched qualifications to the task of telling the story of Site 85, a secret air force radar base in Laos overrun by the North Vietnamese army in March 1968. Of the18 men at the base, 7 escaped, 2 were killed, and 9 remain missing. Accounting for the missing was complicated by subsequent American bombing of the site and by the fact that American officials were reluctant to publicize US military actions in putatively neutral Laos. Castle makes an impassioned case that two other factors are also involved: Vietnamese and Lao communist intransigence-what he terms "well-documented deceit and obfuscation"-along with the mistakes and "duplicity" of American military officials, especially the US Air Force and the Pentagon's Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Office. The author does a thorough job of relating the history of Site 85 and gives a conscientious overview of the not-very-secret American war in Laos, concentrating on air force covert activities directing the air war over North Vietnam. The narrative changes direction, however, when Castle switches to the first person and chronicles his involvement in an NBC News documentary on the subject. He deserts his objectivity here for impassioned advocacy. Still, Castle's impressive massingof facts shows why the fate of nine missing Americans will likely never be learned. An unorthodox but effective telling of what the author rightly calls an "ugly chapter of US history." (36 photos, 1 map, not seen) .
Colonel; Military Review - Michael E. Haas
Castle's suspenseful writing style and dogged tenacity penetrate the decades-long US government efforts to hide this shameful event. This authoritative account is also a refreshing departure from the all-too-common practice of describing dubious adventures without documenting sources.
Houston Chronicle - Chris Pastilelis

Informative, exciting, and sympathetic.

The Seattle Times - Steve Weinberg

Part of the fascination of Castle's book comes from the odyssey he and the families [of the missing men] took inside the ludicrous world of top-secret military information.

A. L. A. Booklist - Roland Green

An almost perfect example of investigative history not falling over into 'gotcha' journalism.

Los Angeles Times - Anthony Day

An invaluable book about one important incident in the secret war in Laos in 1968 that appears at a most opportune time.

Military Review
Castle's suspenseful writing style and dogged tenacity penetrate the decades-long US government efforts to hide this shameful event. This authoritative account is also a refreshing departure from the all-too-common practice of describing dubious adventures without documenting sources.

— Colonel Michael E. Haas

Houston Chronicle
Informative, exciting, and sympathetic.

— Chris Pastilelis

The Journal of Military History

An excellent work that will surely provoke discussion and debate. Many historians will welcome the research into this previously little known area of the Vietnam War. Others will appreciate the author's exposure of what he claims to be government cover-up. Finally, no one will be able to resist the compelling description of a widow who takes on the callous bureaucracy to discover the truth behind her husband's disappearance in Laos

The Seattle Times
Part of the fascination of Castle's book comes from the odyssey he and the families [of the missing men] took inside the ludicrous world of top-secret military information.

— Steve Weinberg

The VVA Veteran

A combination of history, analysis, investigative journalism, and personal crusade focusing on the fate of nine U.S. Air Force personnel missing in action in Laos.

A. L. A. Booklist
An almost perfect example of investigative history not falling over into 'gotcha' journalism.

— Roland Green

Los Angeles Times
An invaluable book about one important incident in the secret war in Laos in 1968 that appears at a most opportune time.

— Anthony Day

Military Review - Colonel Michael E. Haas

Castle's suspenseful writing style and dogged tenacity penetrate the decades-long US government efforts to hide this shameful event. This authoritative account is also a refreshing departure from the all-too-common practice of describing dubious adventures without documenting sources.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231103169
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 2/17/1999
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy N. Castle served two tours in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, flying over Laos from Nakhon Phanom Air Force Base on thirty-eight combat support missions. Since 1990, he has traveled to Laos frequently as a researcher and senior Department of Defense POW/MIA investigator for Laos, and as a consultant for NBC News. He is senior researcher at the CIA Center for the Study of Intelligence. He is also the author of At War in the Shadow of Vietnam (Columbia).

Columbia University Press

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1. Sustained Reprisal
2. ``I Wonder If It Is Worth It''
3. Heavy Green
4. ``Commando Club''
5. Sowing the Wind, Reaping the Whirlwind
6. Folly at Nam Bac
7. The Heights of Abraham
8. Imminent Threat
9. ``Everything to Defeat the U.S. Aggressors.''
10. ``One Day Too Long''
11. Deniability
12. Oath of Secrecy
13. An End and a Beginning
14. ``The Highest National Priority''
15. Return to the Mountain
16. Hanoi
17. Conclusions


Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)