Why Vietnam Matters:  An Eyewitness Account of Lessons Not Learned

Why Vietnam Matters: An Eyewitness Account of Lessons Not Learned

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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.

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Author Rufus Phillips
Publisher Naval Institute Press
Publication Date 2017
Edition No
Pages 448
ISBN No
ISBN13 9781682473108