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War Comes to Long An: Revolutionary Conflict in a Vietnamese Province

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This landmark study of the Vietnamese conflict, examined through the lens of the revolutionary and counter-revolutionary movements in the rural province of Long An up until American intervention in the area, offers a human, balanced, penetrating account of war. Two new forewords by Robert K. Brigham of Vassar College and Jeffrey Record of the Air War College explore the bo ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published March 23rd 1973 by University of California Press (first published March 1972)
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Long winded, sometimes meandering, and ending with a rather whimpering conclusion, this book reads like the dense dissertation it is, meant more to be skimmed by a handful of unfortunate committee members than published for a wide audience. But the details are often very interesting, and the analysis of the situation in one small but pivotal province in 1960s Vietnam is very thoughtful.

Rush made a great effort to dissect the political and security situation in 1960s Long An by interviewing count
Michael Burnam-Fink
War Comes to Long An is prototype district study in the counter-insurgency literature; a cognizant and powerful case study of the loss of a key district in the Vietnam War over fifteen years. Long An province stretched from the border with Cambodia to the outskirts of Saigon. In hundreds of hours of interviews with government figures and Vietcong defectors, and thousands of pages of primary source analysis, Race describes how the revolutionary movement of the Vietcong out-strategized and overpow ...more
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