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Victory at Any Cost: The Genius of Viet Nam's Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  68 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Tells the full story of the man who fought three of the world’s great powers—and won. Cecil B. Currey makes clear one primary reason why America lost the Vietnam War: Vo Nguyen Giap. He has written the definitive biography of one of history’s greatest generals.
Paperback, 424 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Potomac Books (first published November 1996)
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Apr 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Americans spend a lot of time agonizing over the Vietnam War. Who is to blame for losing this conflict? The political leaders? The military? The media? Was it the protesting college students? The hippies? The anti-war left?

Maybe North Vietnam had something to do with it.

"Victory at Any Cost--the Genius of Viet Nam's Vo Nguyen Giap" by Cecil Currey reminds us that one can't study any war without understanding "the other side." Currey bypasses much of the turgid, politically correct communist hag
Quân Khuê
Mar 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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Cuốn sách này không hoàn toàn thuyết phục tôi. Tôi đoán là ông Currey viết tiểu sử Võ Nguyên Giáp với một kết luận có sẵn trong đầu , và cuốn sách của ông là nhằm chứng minh kết luận đó - rằng Võ Nguyên Giáp là một thiên tài quân sự. Với cách tiếp cận như vậy, ông gần như gán mọi thắng lợi quân sự của cách mạng Việt Nam trong hai cuộc chiến tranh cho Võ Nguyên Giáp, và những thất bại cho người khác, ví dụ như Trường Chinh hay Lê Duẩn. Dù vậy, đây vẫn là một cuốn sách đáng đọc.
Scott Holstad
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cecil B. Currey's book on Vo Nguyen Giap is an utterly excellent book! It's gripping, engaging, provides historical context, contains essential quotes, and shows Giap to be the logistical, tactical, and strategic genius he was as a general leading North Vietnam to defeat the Japanese, the French, the US, the South Vietnamese, the Cambodians, and the Chinese. No one else has done so much with so little. I'm going to reprint my review for Giap: The General Who Defeated America in Vietnam by James ...more
Robert Hammerslag
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
A military biography of Viet Nam's General Vo Nguyen Giap who organized the defeat of invaders of his country; France, America and China. Both he and Ho were able to win because they mobilized the ordinary people who were willing to make mind-boggling sacrifices to win "at any cost". If you want to understand why the French and the Americans lost, reading this book is a good start.
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fascinating bio of a little known person. I've read quite a lot of history, politics, and fiction about Vietnam, but this one gave me new information and a better understanding of what happened there in the 30th century and why.
Ho Ty
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
defeat the enemy with the power of his
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Chuong Nguyen
Cuốn sách phác họa Đại tướng Võ Nguyên Giáp với hình tượng của 1 vị tướng vĩ đại đã giúp quân đội VN đánh bại 2 đế quốc mạnh nhất. Vì thế nhiều lúc cảm tưởng như việc hình tượng hóa hơi lớn mà thiếu đi những lời nhận xét hay phê bình thẳng thắn từ nhiều phía. Cuốn sách mang tính tường thuật lại sự kiện nhiều hơn là bình luận sự kiện dựa trên quan điểm của tác giả. Nhìn chung vẫn là 1 cuốn sách đáng đọc, rất nhiều chi tiết lịch sử quan trọng trong suốt thời kì kháng chiến được nhắc đến, tuy không ...more
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