CIA superagent Blackford Oates is back, and he's headed straight for the bestseller lists--by way of a dangerous mission to the Gulf of Tonkin. Faced with a deteriorating situation in Vietnam, the President dispatches Oakes and a swashbuckling soldier of fortune named Tucker on secret missions to find ways to increase U.S. military intervention in ...
CIA superagent Blackford Oates is back, and he's headed straight for the bestseller lists--by way of a dangerous mission to the Gulf of Tonkin. Faced with a deteriorating situation in Vietnam, the President dispatches Oakes and a swashbuckling soldier of fortune named Tucker on secret missions to find ways to increase U.S. military intervention in Southeast Asia.
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Buckley's books are always worth a read, probably because he combines a fine writer's style with a comprehensive knowlege of history and political machinations, especially concerning the cold war. "Blacky" of course makes his appearance, but in this book, the charachter who steals the show is a convincing portrait of an American technical genius named Tucker, who aids in the creation of the Tonkin Gulf Incident, now considered to be the decisive beginning to the Vietnam conflict. Incidentally (no pun intended) the Tonkin Gulf Incident is now generally thought to be a mistaken inpression by the US forces and the CIA, who honestly believed they were being attacked by NVA forces.This book was one of the first to posit the view that this was a mistake (though Buckley's version is a bit different than the historical reality). Of interest also, is a balanced view of the reasons for the American increase in engangement in Vietnam, thought this by no means dulls the enjoyment of the storytelling.
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