The Tet Offensive

The Tet Offensive

by Marc J. Gilbert, William P. Head
     
 

The Tet Offensive of 1968 was perhaps the key incident in the War for Vietnam. But the debate surrounding the offensive continues: Was it a failed last-gasp effort by the defeated North Vietnamese and their Viet Cong allies? Or was it part of a larger plan that led to victory for the North Vietnamese and their allies? The essays in this volume are among the

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The Tet Offensive of 1968 was perhaps the key incident in the War for Vietnam. But the debate surrounding the offensive continues: Was it a failed last-gasp effort by the defeated North Vietnamese and their Viet Cong allies? Or was it part of a larger plan that led to victory for the North Vietnamese and their allies? The essays in this volume are among the very first to seek to dispel the wishful thinking, analytical dogmas, and political agendas that have obscured past efforts to master this key turning point in Vietnamese and American history. They reveal that we can look at the truth—and learn from it.

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This collection of 14 essays explores why the Tet Offensive is viewed as the climactic turning-point event of America's involvement in the Indochina wars, seen on one hand as a tactical victory for the U.S. and, on the other, as a successful effort by Hanoi to drive America to the negotiating table. The essays fall into two categories: political and strategic issues, and the combat and intelligence components of the conflict. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275954802
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Pages:
310
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.01(d)

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