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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New. This item is printed on demand. "Tuckers Last Stand", set in 1964 Vietnam, finds Oakes working to halt infiltration by men and material coming down the Ho Chi Minh Trail--and he is called upon to make a decisive move that will have consequences that he c.
New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 259 p. Audience: General/trade. It was worth waiting for, the Vietnam that only Buckley could write, including as it does the likes of Lyndon Johnson, Barry Goldwater, Mrs. Douglas MacArthur, Robert Kennedy, and others who were involved in the strategy and dilemma of Vietnam as well as on-site action from Saigon to the White House,
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.
Publishers Weekly, 1990-11-16 Occupied more by politics than adventure, Buckley builds his ninth Blackford Oakes tale ( Mongoose, R.I.P ) around the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution passed by Congress a few months prior to the 1964 U.S. presidential election. CIA operative Blackie and an Army special projects major named Tucker Montana meet in Vietnam, where Tucker's assignment is to stall the movement of troops and materiel down the Ho Chi Minh Trail and Blackie must stop similar shipments in the Gulf. Tucker, a priapic engineer who worked at Los Alamos, devises a brilliant plan, while Blackie outfits junks with radar to detect hidden cargoes. Meanwhile, back home, candidates Goldwater and Johnson spar, with Johnson eager to use the conflict in Southeast Asia to his own ends--resulting in clandestine maneuvers in the Gulf that leave even the patriotic Blackie feeling dirty. As Tucker's involvement with a beautiful NVA spy leads to its inevitable end, Blackie beds some local talent and converses archly in overseas phone calls with his recently widowed true love, Sally. A few sex scenes, a remarkable scenario at sea and fascinating glimpses of such Capitol figures as Abe Fortas, the Bundys and Robert Kennedy are ingredients in a story most memorable for the questions it raises about a still-troubling episode in our political history. (Jan.)
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