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How We Won the War

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Vietnam's top military strategist tells the secrets of their victory in May 1975. Published on the first anniversary of the Vietnamese victory over the most powerful nation on Earth, this book is now in it's eighth printing. It has been used as a text by professors at 30 colleges and universities.
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 1st 1976 by Recon Publications
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Christopher
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
While the book is steeped in ideological rhetoric, there are valid military concepts that shine thru. Giap clearly sees the link between policy and strategy which leds to an operational approach. He describes operations in terms of decisive (which supports the decisive point/CoG as part of the operational approach) and supporting or shaping operations. His also describes principles of war: tempo, mobility, surprise, space, and time. While none of this is explicit, those who are familiar with a ...more
E.A. Lake
Jan 28, 2014 rated it liked it
A short read, but not an easy read.

The font is 70's at best. Tough to pick up on late at night, at least with my eyes.

Interesting subject, how North Vietnam won the conflict. But the translation is rough (at best). The General repeats his words, phrases even sentences over and over.

It doesn't go into as much detail as I hoped it would. It mostly surface discussion. Maybe with the war just ended, it was hard to be overly introspective on all the details.

All I know is the 'puppet administration'
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General in the Vietnam People's Army and a politician. Giap is considered one of the greatest military strategists of all time. He first grew to prominence during World War II, where he served as the military leader of the Viet Minh resistance against the Japanese occupation of Vietnam. Giap was a principal commander in two wars: the First Indochina War (1946–54) and the Vietnam War (1960–75). He ...more