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The Tet Offensive: A Concise History
     

The Tet Offensive: A Concise History

by James H. Willbanks
 

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In the Tet Offensive of 1968, Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces launched a massive countrywide attack on South Vietnam. Though the Communists failed to achieve their tactical and operational objectives, James Willbanks claims Hanoi won a strategic

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In the Tet Offensive of 1968, Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces launched a massive countrywide attack on South Vietnam. Though the Communists failed to achieve their tactical and operational objectives, James Willbanks claims Hanoi won a strategic

Editorial Reviews

Choice
Without a doubt, this work will become the initial resource that student and historians alike will pull off the shelf to comprehend this seminal military event… Highly recommended.
Foreign Affairs - Lawrence D. Freedman
A careful and judicious evaluation... Students especially will find this invaluable.
The Journal of Military History - Larry K. Burke
Thorough... An excellent work worthy of inclusion in collections of studies on the Vietnam War.
Proceedings - Col. Gordon W. Keiser
The Tet Offensive will be of great value to military professionals, historians, and Vietnam veterans.
Military Review - MAJ John M. Hawkins
[A] well-written, and helpful reference... The Tet Offensive is enjoyable reading and an important new addition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231502351
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
01/05/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
2 MB

What People are Saying About This

Spencer C. Tucker
The 1968 Tet Offensive was easily the most important single event of the long Vietnam War, and recognized Vietnam War historian James Willbanks has written the best short analysis of it. His concise study deals effectively with the communist planning for the offensive and the battles themselves, as well as the myths surrounding the offensive and its political and military consequences. Those unfamiliar with the subject will find especially helpful the author's list of abbreviations, maps, chronology, glossary of terms, documents section, and annotated bibliography. This is a first-rate study.

James R. Reckner
James Willbanks provides a virtual vade mecum of one of the most complex and critical events of a long and complex war. His study provides an excellent historical overview, concisely summarizing the principal arguments of Tet-related issues, offering a clear chronology, and providing key documents relating to the Tet Offensive. This book will be essential reading for all serious students of the Tet Offensive and of the Vietnam War in general.

Meet the Author

James H. Willbanks is director, Department of Military History, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel with twenty-three years service as an Infantry officer in various assignments, including a tour as an advisor in Vietnam. He is the author of two books on the Vietnam War, including Abandoning Vietnam (University Press of Kansas) and The Battle of An Loc (Indiana University Press), and the editor of a collection of essays entitled The Vietnam War (Ashgate Publishing Limited).

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