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Phoenix and the Birds of Prey: Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism in Vietnam
     

Phoenix and the Birds of Prey: Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism in Vietnam

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by Mark Moyar, Harry G. Summers Jr.
 

ISBN-10: 0803216025

ISBN-13: 9780803216020

Pub. Date: 12/10/2007

Publisher: UNP - Bison Books


This study explodes prevailing myths about the Phoenix Program, the CIA's top-secret effort to destroy the Viet Cong by neutralizing its “civilian” leaders. Drawing on recently declassified documents and interviews with American, South Vietnamese, and North Vietnamese sources, Mark Moyar examines the attempts to eradicate the Viet Cong infrastructure

Overview


This study explodes prevailing myths about the Phoenix Program, the CIA's top-secret effort to destroy the Viet Cong by neutralizing its “civilian” leaders. Drawing on recently declassified documents and interviews with American, South Vietnamese, and North Vietnamese sources, Mark Moyar examines the attempts to eradicate the Viet Cong infrastructure and analyzes their effectiveness. He addresses misconceptions about these efforts and provides an accurate, complete picture of the allies’ decapitation of the Viet Cong shadow government.
 
Combining social and political history with a study of military operations, Moyar offers a fresh interpretation of the crucial role the shadow government played in the Viet Cong's ascent. Detailed accounts of intelligence operations provide an insider’s view of their development and reveal what really happened in the safe havens of the Viet Cong. Filled with new information, Moyar’s study sets the record straight about one of the last secrets of the Vietnam War and offers poignant lessons for dealing with future Third World insurgencies. This Bison Books edition includes a new preface and chapter by the author.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803216020
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
12/10/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
747,502
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Preface to the Bison Books Edition
Foreword, by Col. Harry G. Summers, Jr., USA (Ret.)
Preface
Acknowledgments
PART ONE ORIGINS
1 Vietnam at War: Before Phoenix
2 The Shadow Government and the Viet Cong
3 The Shadow Government and the People
4 The War against the Shadow Government: Before Phoenix
5 The New Attack on the Shadow Government
PART TWO INTELLIGENCE
6 Targets
7 Informants and Agents
8 Prisoners: Interrogation, Torture, and Execution
9 Ralliers, Documents, and Photographs
10 Misinformation
PART THREE COORDINATION
11 The Challenge: Phoenix Centers
12 Attempts to Make Phoenix and Phung Hoang Work
13 Other Intelligence and Operations Coordination
PART FOUR OPERATIONS
14 The Nature of Operations
15 The Birds of Prey
16 The South Vietnamese
17 The Americans
18 Neutralization of Non-Communist Civilians
19 Assassinations
PART FIVE DAMAGE INFLICTED ON THE SHADOW GOVERNMENT
20 Neutralization Statistics
21 Actual Viet Cong Cadre Losses
22 Additional Setbacks for the Shadow Government
23 The Shadow Government in Decline
PART SIX VILLAGER ATTITUDES
24 Abuse of the Population
25 Changing Attitudes
26 The Impact of the New Attitudes
PART SEVEN POSTLUDE
27 Theories of Revolutionary Warfare
28 Reflections
29 Lessons Learned
Glossary
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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