Monday, May 10, 2010
The Politically Incorrect Guide to The Vietnam War by Phillip Jennings, Regnery Publishing, Washington, 2010. This is a thorough study of how we won the Vietnam War militarily but lost it politically, explaining how Nixon brought the North Vietnamese to the conference table by ratcheting up the war, all the while bringing the troops home. It has JFK's speech on why we needed to be there and excerpts from the notorious Pentagon Papers. Finally, it details how the Liberal Democrats in Congress betrayed the Free Vietnam by not providing the Naval and Air support promised to defeat the invasion that was successful two years after the USA had exited. A very good intro book to the war with a thorough bibliography at the end which, of course, leads to more reading. Not near as good as Unheralded Victory by Mark Woodruff, but good nonetheless.
Posted by Frederick Widdowson