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Why Vietnam Matters : An Eyewitness Account of Lessons Not Learned (Reprint) (Paperback) (Rufus

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"Phillips's short chapter on lessons the U.S. should have learned from the Vietnam War should be mandatory reading in Washington, D.C." -- Publishers Weekly

"It is, among other things, a wonderful read, full of detail and drama." --George Packer, The New Yorker

Rufus Phillips offers an extraordinary inside history of the most critical years of American involvement in Vietnam, from 1954 to 1968, and explains why it still matters. Describing what went right and then wrong, he finds that our failure to understand the Communists, our South Vietnamese allies, or even ourselves took us down the wrong road of a conventional war until it was too late--we missed the war's essential political character. Documenting the story from his own personal files, now available at the Texas Tech Vietnam Archive, as well as from the historical record, the former government official paints striking portraits of such key figures as John F. Kennedy, Maxwell Taylor, Robert McNamara, Henry Cabot Lodge, Hubert Humphrey, and Ngo Dinh Diem, among others with whom he dealt.

Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 398
Genre: History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Naval Inst Pr
Author: Rufus Phillips
Language: English
Street Date: August 15, 2017
TCIN: 52943707
UPC: 9781682473108
Item Number (DPCI): 248-49-9533
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