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Stalking the Vietcong: Inside Operation Phoenix: A Personal Account

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In a gripping memoir that reads like a spy novel, one man recounts his personal experience with Operation Phoenix, the program created to destroy the Vietcong’s shadow government, which thrived in the rural communities of South Vietnam.

Stuart A. Herrington was an American intelligence advisor assigned to root out the enemy in the Hau Nghia province. His two-year mission to
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 23rd 2004 by Presidio Press (first published August 1997)
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Steve Woods
Thisis not only one of the more interesting personal accounts of the war I have read it is also one of the most insightful. Perhaps the author's early position of sceptical opposition to the war as probably unwinnable may have given him a clearer view unobscured by that gung ho "America is the greatest" attitude that prevailed among much of the regular US military, particularly in the early days.

I am familiar with the ground having served for a short time in Tay ninh province in 1971 and in east
Tom Rodriguez
An interesting look at one man's efforts to win the Vietnam War. Herrington was a American adviser in one of the most contested districts of Vietnam. Pushed by senior leadership for results, Herrington and several other junior level advisers created new ways of questioning Viet Cong prisoners and defectors that yielded surprisingly effective results. One wonders how these programs might fare when employed in modern Iraq, instead of Abu Ghraib style treatment. I suppose the biggest problem there ...more
Sean Toal
Required reading for a West Point history course. But very enjoyable and educational about the difficulties in Vietnam.
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