The Tet Offensive

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275954819
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Pages: 312
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

MARC JASON GILBERT is Professor of History at North Georgia University.

WILLIAM HEAD is Chief Center Historian at Warner Robins ALC, Robins AFB, Georgia.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Acronyms
1 Introduction 1
2 The Tet Offensive 17
3 The Tet Offensive and Sino-Vietnamese Relations 45
4 The NLF and the Tet Offensive 63
5 Giap and Tet Mau Than 1968: The Year of the Monkey 73
6 The Tet Offensive and Its Aftermath 89
7 My Recollections of the Tet Offensive 125
8 The Tet Offensive and Middletown: A Study in Contradiction 135
9 The Warning That Left Something to Chance: Intelligence at Tet 143
10 Don't Bother Me with the Facts; I've Made Up My Mind: The Tet Offensive in the Context of Intelligence and U.S. Strategy 167
11 Tet beyond the Wire: TCK/TKN, the General Offensive/General Uprising 181
12 The Battle of Khe Sanh, 1968 191
13 President Johnson and the Decision to Curtail Rolling Thunder 215
14 The Myth of Tet: American Failure and the Politics of War 231
Selected Bibliography 259
Index 269
About the Authors and Editors 283
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