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The End of the Line: The Siege of Khe Sanh
by Robert Pisor
A war correspondent's searching account of a crucial battle in the Vietnam War. It was the most spectacular battle of the entire war. For 6,000 trapped marines, it was a nightmare; for President Lyndon Johnson, an obsession. For General Westmoreland, it was to be the final vindication of technological weaponry; and for General Giap, the architect of the French defeat at Di ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 17th 2002 by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published 1982)
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I read everything I can on the French experience in Indochina, especially the climactic battle at Dien Bien Phu. I mentioned this to one of my co-workers and he said that if I want to broaden the scope I should pick up something on Khe Sanh, because General Giap tried to do DBP again there against the U.S. I am glad that the first book I picked up on Khe Sanh was this one, because "The End of The Line" spends a lot of time discussing General Westmoreland's and LBJ's efforts to prevent DBP II. Th ...more
This is a good "backgrounder" that gives a broad overview of Khe Sanh within the context of the Vietnam War. There are several very good chapters that focus on the Vietnamese commander and the history of the town of Khe Sanh, but for the most part this book is really a commentary on General Westmoreland and his Vietnam strategy. If you want something that is a firsthand, nitty gritty look at the siege, a much better option is Valley of Decision by Prados. Hill Fights by Murphy is also a good one ...more