Voices of Courage: The Battle for Khe Sanh, Vietnam

Voices of Courage: The Battle for Khe Sanh, Vietnam

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780821261965
Publisher: Bulfinch
Publication date: 09/15/2005
Edition description: Book and 2 CDs
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: (w) x 9.37(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at the University of New Orleans and is director of its Dwight D. Eisenhower Center for American Studies. Brinkley has authored three New York Times Notable Books of the Year and has written and edited several popular histories. Most recently, Brinkley wrote Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress and Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War.

Ronald J. Drez is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. He now serves as a lecturer, historian, and research associate at the Eisenhower Center, where he has made it his life's work to preserve the voices of men who fought in World War II. He is the editor of Voices of D-Day (Louisiana State University Press, 1994) and Twenty-Five Yards of War: The Extraordinary Courage of Ordinary Men in World War II (Hyperion, 2001).

Table of Contents

Foreword2
Introduction6
Chapter 1The Road to the Showdown8
Chapter 2Bombing and the Barrier26
Chapter 3Running the Gauntlet: Route 9 to Khe Sanh42
Chapter 4The Intruders and the Listening Post54
Chapter 5Hill 881N: The Opening Attack70
Chapter 6The Enemy Strikes80
Chapter 7The Encirclement96
Chapter 8Embraced by the Enemy114
Chapter 9The Attack from the West: Lang Vei and Outpost Alpha130
Chapter 10The Vulgar Free-for-All148
Chapter 11Smashing the Ring164
Epilogue178
Acknowledgments180
Glossary182
Notes184
Photo Credits186

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Voices of Courage: The Battle for Khe Sanh, Vietnam 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
IslandDave on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Drez and Brinkley have written an amazing history of the battle for Khe Sanh in Voices of Courage. This relatively short book is peppered with contextual photos and first-hand experiences of a battle that should have been a decisive victory in the Vietnam War. The stories are raw, often emotional, and I could not put this book down. Excellent descriptions of strategy, tactics, and maneuvers lend to the history of these brave Marines and their fierce NVA enemy.The authors argue that press coverage of the seige, which saw overwhelming NVA forces surround and attempt to capture the Khe Sanh base and its outpost hills, turned this significant and successful American defensive battle into a quagmire of stalemate, leading to a disengagement politically from follow-up military attacks. President Johnson lost hope, and in turn caused the military to lose initiative in the war after such a decisive battle. 6,000 US Marines and a handful of Army and ARVN troops defended the base for 77 days with tremendous help from air and artillery bombing, along with ferocious trench grenade and firefighting, and finally forced the NVA regiments to retreat out of the area.A stellar account of this pivotal battle, and well worth a read for any warfare history reader. The photos are priceless and numerous, and make this short work a very detailed one. Four and one-half stars.