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The Phoenix Program

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An Authors Guild Backinprint.com edition.
Paperback, 484 pages
Published August 7th 2000 by iUniverse/Backinprint.com (first published October 1990)
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Joseph
Jan 24, 2015 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why didn't the U.S., with it's enormous financial and technological power, bring massive healthcare, hygiene and business development and investment to Vietnam, if it wanted to show the people that it was there to help them? It would have cost much less than the war and nobody would have been killed or maimed. Such aid could have begun in the 50s and could have had enough of an effect by the mid-sixties that the VC troops would have abandoned the hard core ideologues.

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Rod Leger
Apr 07, 2013 Rod Leger rated it really liked it
Douglas Valentine's book 'The Phoenix Program' gets the evolutionary information regarding this program correct. While there have been many books written about the 'Phoenix Program', Valentine's book is much more thoroughly researched than the other books. He has done his homework.

The program was, at the time and still is controversial. Back in the early days of the Vietnam War, Americans did not assassinate people for political reasons, or so we thought. Since those days, much has been admitted
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John Mosman
Jan 09, 2016 John Mosman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had thought Phoenix was a small program designed to assassinate high level VC working against South Vietnam during the war. This very detailed book sorts out how the program was countrywide and used for all kinds of nefarious reasons. The not much discussed and highly illegal program involved CIA, MAC and South Vietnam government personnel. The CIA was the driver pushed by William Colby, who eventually was the Director of the CIA. The program was used for revenge, graft, torture and disinforma ...more
Pam Thomas
Jun 29, 2014 Pam Thomas rated it it was amazing
What an explosive book this one is, exposing the Phoenix Program which is a strategy of terror and its role in political warfare, it exposes the South Vietnamese massacre in 1969 where 12 women and children in Thanh Phong village were grouped together and executed, the phoenix mission dispose and kill them. How with cor ordinated military, police and intelligence agencies gather information of people, put it into a mainframe computer, arrest, detain and torture , how even children as young as 12 ...more
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A part of our history. Rob's dad mentioned the Phoenix project before he passed away. At the time the information was still classified. Years later this helped us know a little bit more about Papa.
Kelley
Aug 10, 2016 Kelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-novel
This book rocked my world. Everything I thought about the Viet Nam war, all those beliefs I had growing up, were blown away.
Al Santiago
Nov 10, 2014 Al Santiago rated it really liked it
Right now your country is doing things that you thought only other countries did. And if the Iraq insurgency was handled in a similar manner to the way the Communist insurgency was handled in Vietnam, then the toll on both civilian and soldier would be unspeakably horrid.
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Douglas Valentine is the author of four books of historical nonfiction: The Hotel Tacloban, The Phoenix Program, The Strength of the Wolf: The Secret History of America's War on Drugs, and The Strength of the Pack: The Personalities, Politics and Espionage Intrigues that Shaped the DEA. He is the author of the novel TDY, and a book of poems, A Crow's Dream. He is also the editor of the poetry anth ...more
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