Military historian and ex-marine Ronald Spector marks the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Tet offensive which presaged the worst fighting that took place the year following. Detailing the deterioration of race relations, the growth of the drug culture, and even the experience of South Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers, this comprehensive history ...
Military historian and ex-marine Ronald Spector marks the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Tet offensive which presaged the worst fighting that took place the year following. Detailing the deterioration of race relations, the growth of the drug culture, and even the experience of South Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers, this comprehensive history may stand as one of the most important books about Vietnam.
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Publishers Weekly, 1992-11-02 Spector ( Eagle Against the Sun ) maintains that the months following the Tet offensive (January and February 1968) illuminated the true nature of the war in Vietnam and largely determined its course during the five years that followed. In '68 both sides launched their most powerful efforts to break the military and political stalemate, and the U.S., furthermore, began to recognize potentially disastrous problems of racial tension and drug abuse among its troops. Spector analyzes the ultimately futile tactics of U.S. military operations, the ``other war'' effort to win hearts and minds, and the race riots at the Long Binh stockade and Danang brig, among other developments of that fateful year. He is perhaps the first major historian to scrutinize the Combined Action Program, in which Marine squads lived for indefinite periods in villages, providing aid and protection. The Army high command in Saigon regarded the program as well-meaning but misguided; according to Spector, however, it was the most effective, imaginative and humane approach the Americans devised. By concentrating on its most representative year, Spector has produced a first-rate history of the war. BOMC and History Book Club alternates. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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