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Why The North Won The Vietnam War

Why The North Won The Vietnam War
Author: N/A
ISBN 13: 9780312295271
ISBN 10: 312295278
Edition: 2002
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication Date: 2002-05-31
Format: Paperback
Pages: 254
List Price: $45.00

Studies from an October 2000 conference held at Gettysburg College look at international dimensions of the Vietnam War, analyze the role of American and Vietnamese military performance, economic influences on the war, and the role of the American home front. Some specific topics include intelligence in Vietnam, the foreign policy of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, and how America's military performance aided and abetted the North's victory. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Library Journal

Editor Gilbert (North Georgia Coll. and State Univ.; The Vietnam War on Campus) has brought together nine leading authorities on Vietnam to discuss the difficult issue of how a superpower was defeated by a nominally inferior Third World state. While many academic libraries may exercise caution in these economically stressful times in purchasing expensive collections of essays, this particular work deserves a second glance. Scholars such as Jeffrey Record, George C. Herring, William J. Duiker, and John Prados and their colleagues in this volume provide both depth and breadth to any discussion of the wars in mid-century Southeast Asia, and their attempts at clarifying the factors behind North Vietnamese success and U.S. and South Vietnamese failure will certainly elevate scholarly debate on the topic. This formidable collection covers foreign and domestic policy, military tactics and strategy, and the usually neglected cultural questions surrounding the fall of South Vietnam to the Communist North. A valuable addition to academic libraries.-John R. Vallely, Siena Coll. Lib., Loudonville, NY