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The Perfect War: Technowar in Vietnam

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In this groundbreaking book, James William Gibson shatters the misled assumptions behind both liberal and conservative explanations for America's failure in Vietnam. Gibson shows how American government and military officials developed a disturbingly limited concept of war -- what he calls "technowar" -- in which all efforts were focused on maximizing the enemy's body coun ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published February 2nd 2000 by Atlantic Monthly Press (first published 1986)
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Michael Burnam-fink
Most of my Vietnam War book reviews include the phrase "Vietnam was fractally fucked up". In The Perfect War, Gibson identifies the mathematical seed of that fractal; an ideology that he deems Technowar, and traces its ramifications across Indochina in one of the best general histories of the war, which covers the choice to enter Vietnam, the ground war, the air war, and development and corruption.

Any honest accounting of the Vietnam War has to engage with the fact that Vietnam was a defeat, des
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An interesting book, very similar in content to Daniel Ellsbergs "Secrets" even though written very differently.
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Cybernetics has taken hold of management, firms, government and even the military by the end of WWII.
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Apr 14, 2010 Sharon rated it really liked it
A fantastic review of why we're STILL not getting it with respect to foreign policy.
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