This controversial and timely book about the American experience in Vietnam provides the first full exploration of the perspectives of the North Vietnamese leadership before, during, and after the war. Herbert Y. Schandler offers unique insights into the mindsets of the North Vietnamese and their response to diplomatic and military actions of the Americans, laying out the full scale of the disastrous U.S. political and military misunderstandings of Vietnamese history and motivations. Including frank quotes from Vietnamese leaders, the book offers important new knowledge that allows us to learn invaluable lessons from the perspective of a victorious enemy.
Colonel Herbert Y. Schandler (Ret) was George C. Marshall Professor of Grand Strategy at National Defense University.
Chapter 1: The Illusion of Military Victory Chapter 2: The Enemy Chapter 3: The American Commitment Chapter 4: The Road to War Chapter 5: America Enters the War Chapter 6: The Air War: The Futile Effort to Break Hanoi's Will Chapter 7: The Ground War Chapter 8: The Tet Offensive Chapter 9: The American Economy: Guns and Butter? Chapter 10: The Nixon Presidency Conclusion Epilogue