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THE 25-YEAR WAR: AMERICA'S MILITARY ROLE IN VIETNAM. This book is a page-turner, and is probably the most complete and useful after-action report written by any American military commander in this Nation's 208-year history.

Click to EnlargeTHE 25-YEAR WAR: AMERICA'S MILITARY ROLE IN VIETNAM. by General Bruce Palmer, Jr. From May 1st, 1950, the day President Truman authorized the first U.S. military assistance to Indochina, to April 30th, 1975, the day Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese regime, America was engaged in the longest conflict in its history. This is the story of went wrong. Author General Palmer was Vice Chief of Staff of the Army from 1968 to 1973. This penetrating work presents an insider's history of the war, and how the war was lost.

On April 30, 1975, Saigon and the government of South Vietnam fell to the communist regime of North Vietnam, ending—for American military forces—exactly twenty-five year of courageous but unavailing struggle. This is not the story of how America became embroiled in a conflict in a small country half-way around the globe, nor of why our armed forces remained there so long after the futility of our efforts became obvious to many. It is the story of what went wrong there militarily, and why.

The author is a professional soldier who experienced the Vietnam war in the field and in the highest command echelons. General Palmer’s insights into the key events and decisions that shaped American’s military role in Vietnam are uncommonly perceptive. America’s most serious error, he believes, was committing its armed forces to a war in which neither political nor military goals were ever fully articulated by our civilian leaders. Our armed forces, lacking clear objectives, failed to develop an appropriate strategy, instead relinquishing the offensive to Hanoi. Yet an achievable strategy could have been devised, Palmer believes. Moreover, our South Vietnamese allies could have been bolstered by appropriate aid but were instead overwhelmed by the massive American military presence. Compounding these errors were the flawed civilian and military chains of command. The result was defeat for America and disaster for South Vietnam.

General Palmer presents here an insider’s history of the war and an astute critique of America’s military strengths and successes as well as its weaknesses and failures.

In Vietnam, four-star general Bruce Palmer, Jr. (1913-2000) commanded Field Force II and later was deputy to General William Westmoreland. From 1968 to 1973 he was Vice Chief of Staff, and for a time Acting Chief of Staff, U.S. Army.

Reviews:"If you read only one book about Vietnam, this should be it."—Washingtonian
"Palmer writes with a clarity and candor remarkable in any military memoir, offering severe (but not rancorous) judgments on himself and his colleagues. . . . This book will stand as the indispensable resource for students of the war and the American defense establishment that has survived it."—New York Times Book Review
"Perhaps the best single account of the Vietnam War by a military man. . . . A tough, dispassionate, common-sense analysis of America's military role in Vietnam."—Baltimore Sun "A senior military commander's honest, unsentimental account of the Vietnam war."—Wall Street Journal
"This book is a page-turner. . . . It may even be an understatement to say that this is probably the most complete and useful after-action report written by any American military commander in this Nation's 208-year history."—Armed Forces Journal
"A short, fact-filled and thoughtful book. Palmer manages to keep a balance that will prove helpful to the scholar, the soldier, and the man in the street."—American Historical Review

This is not the story of how America became embroiled in a conflict in a small country half-way around the globe, nor of why our armed forces remained there so long after the futility of our efforts became obvious to many. It is the story of what went wrong there militarily, and why.

Its author is a professional soldier who experienced the Vietnam war in the field and in the highest command echelons. General Palmer's insights into the key events and decisions that shaped American?s military role in Vietnam are uncommonly perceptive.

America's most serious error, he believes, was committing its armed forces to a war in which neither political nor military goals were ever fully articulated by our civilian leaders. Our armed forces, lacking clear objectives, failed to develop an appropriate strategy, instead relinquishing the offensive to Hanoi. Yet an achievable strategy could have been devised, Palmer believes. Moreover, our South Vietnamese allies could have been bolstered by appropriate aid but were instead overwhelmed by the massive American military presence. Compounding these errors were the flawed civilian and military chains of command. The result was defeat for America and disaster for South Vietnam.

General Palmer presents here an insider?s history of the war and an astute critique of America?s military strengths and successes as well as its weaknesses and failures. The lessons he draws from the Vietnam War deserve wide attention. In Vietnam, four-star general Bruce Palmer, Jr. (1913-2000) commanded Field Force II and later was deputy to General William Westmoreland. From 1968 to 1973 he was Vice Chief of Staff, and for a time Acting Chief of Staff, U.S. Army.
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Vietnam Wars and S.E. Asia
ID:
KY-0363
Category:
General Military Subjects
Media:
Softcover book
Type:
History / Tactics / Details
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