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The Eleven Days of Christmas: America's Last Vietnam Battle
     

The Eleven Days of Christmas: America's Last Vietnam Battle

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by Marshall L lii Michel
 

Moving from the White House to the B-52 cockpits to the missile sites and POW camps of Hanoi, The Eleven Days of Christmas is a gripping tale of heroism and incompetence in a battle whose political and military legacy is still a matter of controversy.

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Moving from the White House to the B-52 cockpits to the missile sites and POW camps of Hanoi, The Eleven Days of Christmas is a gripping tale of heroism and incompetence in a battle whose political and military legacy is still a matter of controversy.

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Library Journal
The American B-52 bombing campaign (popularly known as the "Chrismas Bombing") of 1972 remains one of the most debated topics of this highly controversial conflict. Begun by Richard Nixon over the protest of the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command, the bombing was opposed by a large majority of Congress and by the antiwar movement. Despite unforseen losses, the B-52 bombing was instrumental in forcing the North Vietnamese back to the negotiating table. While emotional and ill-informed opinions from both Left and Right dominate discussions of American air strategy in Vietnam, Michel (a retired F-4 pilot and author of Clashes: Air Combat Over North Vietnam, 1965-72) offers a cogent and superbly researched scholarly examination that is remarkably free of bias. Drawing from both Vietnamese and American primary and secondary sources, Michel has also utilized a substantial number of dramatic first-person accounts of participants from both sides. His day-by-day analysis of the strategy and tactics of the U.S. bomber squadrons and their North Vietnamese opponents will capture and hold the attention of readers. The author's critique of U.S. Air Force leadership is certain to attract the notice of scholars. A first-rate contribution; essential for academic collections. John R. Vallely, Siena Coll. Lib., Loudonville, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781893554276
Publisher:
Encounter Books
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
325
Sales rank:
301,923
Product dimensions:
6.96(w) x 8.96(h) x (d)

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The Eleven Days of Christmas: America's Last Vietnam Battle 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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If you find that the Vietnam War is settling back into increasingly dusty history, you should read Marshall Michel's "The Eleven Days of Christmas." It will catapult you back to Christmas thirty years ago putting you in wave after wave, night after night of America's final battle in Vietnam, the all out air assault on Hanoi by B52s. Michel's knowledge, experience, relentless research and extensive interviews provide insightful views into the White House, Congress, SAC headquarters in Omaha, B52 cockpits, support ground crews, North Vietnamese missle crews, American bases in Laos and Guam, and distressed families waiting. Eleven Days is particularly timely as we hear the drum beat in the Middle East. It brings home loud and clear that wars are fought by flesh and blood, not just machines, and in war's humanity is found extraordinary courage and devotion to duty as well as tragic arrogance and incompetence.