Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954–1965

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 28, 2006
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Drawing on a wealth of new evidence from all sides, Triumph Forsaken, first published in 2007, overturns most of the historical orthodoxy on the Vietnam War. Through the analysis of international perceptions and power, it shows that South Vietnam was a vital interest of the United States. The book provides many insights into the overthrow of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem in 1963 and demonstrates that the coup negated the South Vietnamese government's tremendous, and hitherto unappreciated, military and political gains between 1954 and 1963. After Diem's assassination, President Lyndon Johnson had at his disposal several aggressive policy options that could have enabled South Vietnam to continue the war without a massive US troop infusion, but he ruled out these options because of faulty assumptions and inadequate intelligence, making such an infusion the only means of saving the country.

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Outstanding. A detailed history of critical years in Vietnam War. Part one of planned two-part work. Makes use of non-U.S., especially Vietnamese sources available since the fall of the Soviet Union ... Read full review

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Excellent book about the early stages of the Vietnam War. Must read if you are interested in the history of the war. Read full review


CHAPTER 8 The Battle of Ap Bac
CHAPTER 9 Diem on Trial
CHAPTER 10 Betrayal
CHAPTER 11 SelfDestruction
CHAPTER 12 The Return of the Twelve Warlords
CHAPTER 13 SelfImposed Restrictions
CHAPTER 14 Signals
CHAPTER 15 Invasion

CHAPTER 2 Two Vietnams
CHAPTER 3 Peaceful Coexistence
CHAPTER 4 Insurgency
CHAPTER 5 Commitment
CHAPTER 6 Rejuvenation
CHAPTER 7 Attack
CHAPTER 16 The Prize for Victory
CHAPTER 17 Decision
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Dr Mark Moyar is the Kim T. Adamson Chair of Insurgency and Terrorism at the US Marine Corps University. He holds a B.A. summa cum laude in history from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in history from Cambridge University. A frequent commentator on historical and current events, his articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and many other publications. He is also the author of Phoenix and the Birds of Prey: Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism in Vietnam.

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