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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.

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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

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Product Details

  • 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: 0.8 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.



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42 of 46 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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62 of 72 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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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Robert Peters on March 29, 2010
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An insiteful book long overdue. Jennings writes with intelligence, humor, and common sense. As a Marine Vietnam veteran who participated in the landings in 1965 with the 4th Marines, I am grateful that someone has finally recognized that the United States military was prepared, fought valiantly, and delivered time and time again, against an enemy who was repeatedly allowed to live and fight another day because of political and strategic incompetence by our government in Washington. This book, and Lessons In Disaster by Gordon Goldstein, should be required reading in schools and colleges throughout our country. Jennings sums up our political incompetence by asking the question: did anyone in the White House or at the National Security Council ever say "does this make sense" when decided military strategy by majority vote of academic theorists? Jennings is a gifted author.
Robert Peters, Bridgeport, California.
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57 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Grahame Ross on February 22, 2010
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Having soiled myself laughing at Mr Jennings'"Nam-A-Rama", and the more recent "Goodbye Mexico", I was a bit concerned when he turned his obvious satirical skills to writing non-fiction, and a PIG guide to boot! While he certainly knew how to make me laugh, was he up to the task of informing me? The Vietnam war is not a laughing matter, and though we left 35 years ago, the war continues to haunt the American psyche. Leave it to Mr Jennings' to artfully and factually lead us through the falsehoods, lies and deliberate deceptions crafted by the media to support the notion that Vietnam was a failed war, fought by drug addled troops, for the wrong reasons,with little redeeming benefit to the future of southeast Asia or its people.Read this book to find out why they were wrong on all counts; you won't be disappointed.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ken on May 23, 2010
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Solidly argued and documented historical review of the military and political forces at work surrounding the Vietnam War written by a Marine helicopter pilot. No question that the Democrats got the USA into the war, fought it from the Oval office without resolve, manipulated by the news media, won and withdrawn by Nixon, and then the victory given back to the Communists by the Democrat Congress of 1974-5. In the appendices, it contains JFK's 1956 complete speech to the Vietnam Conference, a review of the distortion of the Pentagon Papers, and a current retrospective view of one of the surviving South Vietnamese generals. This is re-revisionist history that returns current popular revisionist history back to the truth. Everyone who protested the War (that includes me) needs to read this as do the current leftist public schools.
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