The War for South Viet Nam, 1954-1975

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Like the widely praised original, this new edition is compact, clearly written, and accessible to the nonspecialist. First, the book chronicles and analyzes the twenty-year struggle to maintain South Vietnamese independence. Joes tells the story with a sympathetic focus on South Viet Nam and is highly critical of U.S. military strategy and tactics in fighting this war. He claims that the fall of South Viet Nam was not inevitable, that an abrupt and public termination of U.S. aid provoked a crisis of confidence ...

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Overview

Like the widely praised original, this new edition is compact, clearly written, and accessible to the nonspecialist. First, the book chronicles and analyzes the twenty-year struggle to maintain South Vietnamese independence. Joes tells the story with a sympathetic focus on South Viet Nam and is highly critical of U.S. military strategy and tactics in fighting this war. He claims that the fall of South Viet Nam was not inevitable, that an abrupt and public termination of U.S. aid provoked a crisis of confidence inside South Viet Nam that led to the debacle. Students and scholars of military studies, South East Asia, U.S. foreign policy, or the general reader interested in this fascinating period in 20th century history, will find this new edition to be invaluable reading.

After discussing the principal American mistakes in the conflict, Joes outlines a workable alternative strategy that would have saved South Viet Nam while minimizing U.S. involvement and casualties. He documents the enormous sacrifices made by the South Vietnamese allies, who in proportion to population suffered forty times the casualties the Americans did. He concludes by linking the final conquest of South Viet Nam to an increased level of Soviet adventurism which resulted in the invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S. military build-up under Presidents Carter and Reagan, and the eventual collapse of the USSR. The complicated factors involved in the war are here offered in a consolidated, objective form, enabling the reader to consider the implications of U.S. experiences in South Viet Nam for future policy in other world areas.

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Joes (political science and international relations, Saint Joseph's University) argues that the defeat of South Vietnam was not inevitable, and that "although the Americanization of the war was unnecessary, the U.S. general strategy inappropriate, and the South Vietnamese allies deficient, the American abandonment of those allies to their fate was dishonorable" (from the Preface to the Second Edition). Focusing on the nature of Vietnamese Communism, the defeat of the French, Diem's assassination, the Tet Offensive, the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and the South Vietnamese army, the book traces the history of subsequent conflicts from the period before 1945 to the fall of South Vietnam. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275968069
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 220
  • Lexile: 1570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition: The Challenge of Viet Nam
Acknowledgments
1 Viet Nam before 1945 1
2 The Viet Minh 7
3 The First Indochina War: 1946-1954 21
4 After the Partition 35
5 The Viet Cong 48
6 Fighting Guerrillas 56
7 The Overthrow of President Diem 71
8 The ARVN from Dien Bien Phu to Tet 84
9 The Great Tet Offensive 95
10 Vietnamization: From the Parrot's Beak to the Easter Offensive 105
11 The United States in Viet Nam: Some Reflections 112
12 South Viet Nam on Its Own: 1973-1975 127
13 The Last Days of South Viet Nam 137
14 Conclusion: Viet Nam and the Future 148
Epilogue 2001: South Viet Nam's Defeat Revisited 156
Notes 159
Select Bibliography 187
Index 197
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