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  • Series: The Politically Incorrect Guides
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing (February 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596985674
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596985674
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Think the United States lost the Vietnam War? Think again.

No war in American history is so shrouded in obfuscation and myth as the Vietnam War: “Vietnam” has entered into our national memory as a byword for disaster, usually accompanied by the word “quagmire,” and the specter of the war has haunted our foreign policy discussions ever since. Left-leaning historians with a political agenda, aided and abetted by the liberal media, have convinced the world that for America, the Vietnam War was a tragic and dismal failure. Liberal pundits and leftist professors have been telling lies and getting away with it—despite the fact that the war was televised at the time and has been the subject of innumerable books and studies.

But now, in The Politically Incorrect Guideto the Vietnam War, Phillip Jennings finally sets the record straight. Jennings, who fought in Vietnam as a Marine pilot and later as a pilot for the CIA’s Air America, shatters the near universally accepted myths and politically correct lies that have obscured the truth about what happened in Vietnam for decades.

Jennings, who has made a lifetime’s study of the war, gives you the surprising truth, and backs it up with facts that the liberal pundits ignore. He demonstrates that the United States did not lose the Vietnam War—in fact, we won it. Far from failing dismally, the United States achieved its goal in Vietnam: we stopped the spread of Communism. Jennings explains how the cultural chaos of the 1960s and 1970s negatively influenced the Vietnam War—not vice versa. Without the sacrifices made and the courage displayed by our military in Vietnam, the world would be a very different place today. The Politically Incorrect Guideto the Vietnam War reveals:

* Who won the war? The United States military lost more than 58,000 men in Vietnam; the North Vietnamese military lost more than 1.1 million—and Communism isn’t exactly rolling up the map of Asia any more
* How John F. Kennedy’s “firm stand against Communist aggression” took the form of an unclear, waffling policy that led to a series of blunders by liberalism’s “best and brightest” foreign policy and defense advisers
* How Richard Nixon effectively won the war, while rapidly withdrawing U.S. troops—only to watch a liberal Congress throw America’s victory away
* How liberal Democrats continue to try, outrageously, to present their scuttling of South Vietnam as moral and political wisdom

The Politically Incorrect Guideto the Vietnam War at last reveals the truth about the battles, players, and policies of one of the most controversial wars in U.S. history.

From the Back Cover

Praise for The Politically Incorrect Guideto The Vietnam War

“Phil Jennings has something to say, namely that the historical record, as selectively compiled and presented by the political Left, has done a terrible disservice to the hundreds of thousands of men who fought in The Vietnam War. With great passion, an unapologetic love of his country, and—drum roll, please—the truth to support his case—Captain Jennings walks us through this tragic struggle, the war America never lost, but wasn’t allowed to win, either.”
—L. Brent Bozell III, nationally syndicated columnist and president of the Media Research Center

“When I first met Jennings at Camp Lejeune in the 1960s, he told me his ambition was to become the world’s first successful right-wing folk singer. He failed miserably at that, but yet, over the last 40 years, he has managed to channel his energies toward successfully defeating political correctness wherever he finds it. This book debunks so many of what our generation’s warriors know to be ‘The Myths of Vietnam’ that it needs to be required reading. Lance Corporal Diogenes, you may extinguish your lamp. Our generation has found an honest man.”
—Major General Larry S. Taylor USMCR (retired), former Commanding General, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing

“In the past several decades, no historical subject has been so grievously distorted by the politically correct as the Vietnam War. Whereas most of the war’s chroniclers objected to American involvement at the time, Phillip Jennings was in Vietnam fighting the war, and like most veterans he disputes the antiwar narrative that has dominated the publishing world. His account skillfully weaves together a wealth of historical facts that blow apart the myths handed down by professors and journalists.”
—Mark Moyar, Ph.D., author of Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965


More About the Author

Childhood, then finance degree from top cow college, masters (almost) in pre-Colombian Art at Universidad de Mexico,Former Marine pilot, CIA pilot, business stuff of awesome irrelevance. Fell out of office chair afflicted with near terminal boredom. Started writing. Still writing. Found satire best to apply basic wiseguy material and not get sued.



Customer Reviews

Jennings makes this point clearly in his book.
Nicholas R.W. Henning
This book should be required reading in all high school history classes.
D. L. Medley
A salute to Mr. Jennings and a heart felt thank you.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By W. Douglas Donald on April 21, 2010
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This powerful book is a must read not only for all Vietnam vets who deserve to feel proud of their service, but also for all college and high school students who have been grossly misinformed by liberal revisionist academia, the mass media and virtually all of Hollywoods movies and TV that almost always inaccurately portray Vietnam vets as brutal druggies that did not adapt to civilian life.

The author, Phillip Jennings, clarifies so many of the misconceptions and outright lies that have been perpetuated for years. He makes it clear that this war was a noble cause to try to save the twenty million people of the internationally recognized sovereign nation of South Vietnam from the terror and tyranny of expansionist imperialist communism.

He asks why the "peace movement" did not condemn North Vietnam that was invading South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia with huge help from two of the worst mass murderous truly evil empires in history, the Soviet Union and China.

He recognizes the tremendous dedication, courage and success of our service men in spite of the many limitations placed upon them and the blunders of LBJ and his political team.

Jennings makes innumerable powerful and compelling points including suggesting movies and other books that treat this important issue fairly.

I have a library of more than fifteen books about Vietnam and give this one my highest rating to bring the truth to you in concise and accurate terms
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By William J. Mcdaniel on February 27, 2010
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As a Viet Nam veteran I have read many books on that conflict, usually with raised eyebrows and a question like,"What the hell are they talking about?!" Most books seem to have been written by someone who has never seen war, or by someone who has but who has an overriding agenda that prevents them from recognizing the truth when they see it...or perhaps the truth just does not fit into their life. Mr. Jennings has avoided all of this. He tells it like it was, that it was a war that our military did win, definitively, in spite of inept leadership in our country at the highest levels. It is a war that seemed to reward traitors and nay-sayers and vilified true heroes. It is a war that still causes great anger in those of us who were there when we had to come home and face the incredible stupidity we had to face upon returning. It is a war that from a military and humanitarian point of view we can take pride in, just as we should hang our heads in shame at those many highly placed individuals in this country who profited from ridiculing our successes and glorying in our (theoretical) failures. This book is history finally written correctly. Thanks, Phil Jennings. And, by the way, don't go to Viet Nam in the near future...
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61 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Reeves on March 1, 2010
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I have read all of Jennings' work and always await his latest eagerly. This PIG is different and equally fantastic. I served as an artillery officer during the early years of the war. I taught trigonometry at Ft. Sill (no "war stories" here). As I look back I am amazed at how little we new about the decisions and motivations of the key players at the time. Jennings knows this subject as well as anyone and his insights are needed now that we are again looking for answers on the subject of politics and war.
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99 of 118 people found the following review helpful By R. Barnum on February 21, 2010
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I'm a 28 year old college graduate and would consider myself fairly intelligent. But, I really didn't know a thing about the Vietnam War - well, certainly nothing accurate - until I read this book.

I grew up in California, public and private schools. My understanding of the Vietnam War was ridiculously off base when it came to the facts and the chronology of events...

This book was an eye opener and should be required reading for anyone interesting in American history... Google "history of Vietnam War" and read some of the stuff people have published - "a million American deaths..."? Clearly, this media controlled war has been permanently filtered in our memory. Read this book to get the real story and you'll also have a few good laughs along the way.

I highly recommend this book to everyone.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Edward A. Hayes on March 29, 2010
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This is an extremely well written and well documented book. Pres Kennedy observed that the real enemy of truth is not the lie but the myth. This book goes a long way to confront and refute so many of the fallacies and myths about the war and the soldiers who fought it. I just wish this were required reading in high schools and colleges to offset the Zinn/Chomsky propaganda. Ed Hayes
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Marvin D. Pipher on May 5, 2010
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The Vietnam War has never been one of my reading priorities; and I likely wouldn't have read this book except that a highly decorated friend of mine, who flew with "Commando Saber" (Misty) in Vietnam in the 1960s, suggested that I might like to read it. I could hardly refuse. But when I read it, I did so with an eye jaundiced by the post-Vietnam era in the United States with its many trials and ongoing tribulations. The Vietnam War, it seems, ushered in a new era in America; and, as a result, this is not the country I was raised in and it's not the country I'd like my children and grandchildren to have to live in. And much of this is due to the liberals who, through their socialist ideology, ignorance, and ineptitude, "lost" the Vietnam War (if one can truly say that it was lost) and who, along with their disciples, are now the ones rocking our once great nation to its foundations. This book, then, at least in my view, is as much about today's America as it is about the Vietnam War. And this review is written with that in mind. Caution is advised.

Let me begin by saying that this book truly reflects my recollections of the Vietnam War. As I remember it, and as this book clearly shows: We were ushered into the Vietnam War by a weak vacillating president, John F. Kennedy, who talked big, but never lived up to his eloquent language (an accepted liberal failing). Then, when the war was upon us, it was directed by an unprincipled leader, Lyndon Baines Johnson, and his cohorts who thought they knew it all (much as our current president and his appointees do) and who micro-managed the war to America's detriment and to the untimely deaths of tens of thousands of South Vietnamese and U.S. soldiers, marines, and airmen all to no purpose.
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