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The Rise and Fall of an American Army: U.S. Ground Forces in Vietnam, 1963-1973

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“THE MEN WHO SACRIFICED FOR THEIR COUNTRY ARE RIGHTFULLY HERALDED . . . This is an honest book–one well worth reading. . . . Stanton has laid his claim to the historian’s ranks by providing his reader with well-documented, interpretive assessments.”
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The Vietnam War remains deep in the nation’s consciousness. It is vital that we know exactly what happened there–a
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 4th 2003 by Presidio Press (first published July 1985)
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Jewels
If I hadn't had to read this as part of a book review assignment, I probably would never have picked it up. It reads like a report of all battlefield tactics during the Vietnam War. If one is interested in such things, then this would probably be an excellent addition to their collection. It not only didn't mention anyone other than commanding officers by name, but there was no human point of view versus the mechanical and clinical observation of the author. Reading it was like reading a blow by ...more
Scott Holstad
This could have been an interesting book if the author hadn't gotten so bogged down in minute details. It's about the American military in Vietnam, circa 65-73, and it's pretty comprehensive, at least through 1969. One of its faults, though, is that it spends an inordinate amount of time going over each year of the 1960s and then lumps all of the 1970s into one final chapter. It's like the author gave up, just like the military did. Another fault I found was that the author made the US military ...more
Jack London
This is the best non-fiction history of the Vietnam War that I have read. It is clear, it is readable, and it is painful indeed. An eighty-five watt book on a par with Rick Atkinson’s newest WWII history, Guns at Last Light. - See more at: http://jwlbooks.com/jack-london-revie...
James
This book is a literary fraud.

See STOLEN VALOR pp 435-443

This guy is in a class by himself, he's written about a dozen "non fiction" books and ALL ARE LIES.

He was never stationed in Vietnam, Laos, or Cambodia, nor did he
perform covert operations.

All of the medals he claims were awarded him don't exist.

While working for the government he did STEAL THOUSANDS OF PAGES of government documents and photographs which he use to write his many books of lies.
The FBI was able to get some of those doc
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Elaine
"This book provides a complete account of American Army ground combat forces–who they were, how they got to the battlefield, and what they did there. Year by year, battlefield by battlefield, the narrative follows the war in extraordinary, detail. Over the course of the decade, the changes in fighting and in the combat troops themselves are described and documented." Quoted from the review posted on Goodreads. This is an accurate account which I had to plod through. The author is quite extraordi ...more
Michael Dorosh
A very readable history of U.S. ground forces in Vietnam, occupying a decent middle ground between the quick-and-easy stuff you find on the Internet and the more impenetrable volumes of "official history". Stanton writes with an easy-going tone yet maintains an air of authority, walking the tightrope nicely.
Seligne
The title is misleading. One would expect a dissection of what went wrong in the US Army. Instead it is mostly a (glowing) account of US ground forces in Vietnam.

I would avoid this author. Having served in the army himself, he comes at his writing like a cheerleader, a la Clancy.
Craig
If you can only read two books about Vietnam: "Street Without Joy" and "The Rise and Fall of an American Army."
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