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U.S. Army Center Of Military History Reading List 2012
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I really liked this book. It should probably be a text book for High School and College courses on the war. I saw that another reviewer called it "Clear and Concise"- right on. Palmer encapsulates the war in easily digestible bits and then uses examples wisely. There are almost enough maps. The book, like the war crescendos with Tet 1968- won and lost in the same month. I think more modern works assess the motives and methods of the Hanoi Politburo more deeply using newer information, but Palmer ...more
This was required reading for me in an American military history class, and for good reason: Palmer was a hawk, and a colonel at the time of the war I believe, but he pulls no punches about where he feels America went both right and wrong.
A confessed hawks interpretation of the history of the Vietnam War from start to finish. Essentially he says wh should have, and could have won if the soldiers hadn't been held back by the politicians. General war-mongery, but nevertheless, a fairly interesting read.