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The Elephant and the Tiger: The Full Story of the Vietnam War Hardcover – June, 1990


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This history might be read as a conservative counterpart to Stanley Karnow's Vietnam (LJ 10/1/83). Morrison argues that U.S. defeat in Vietnam was the product of an unrealistic fear of China and the Soviet Union, resulting in a strategy of reaction and attrition. Civilian authorities, especially MacNamara, insisted on "micromanaging" the war. Military commanders were unwilling to back their doubts by resigning. Ill-advised U.S. attempts at nation-building kept South Vietnam from developing its own identity. Morrison is better at articulating positions than supporting them. He never proves his key point that China and Russia were bluffing. His critique of the war's conduct too often depends for support on descriptions of battlefield heroism or sacrifice. Pathos, however, is no substitute for analysis.
- Dennis E. Showalter, Colorado Coll., Colorado Springs
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Wilbur H. Morrison was a radio announcer and news commentator before joining the Army Air Corps and becoming a B-29 bombardier-navigator during WWII. He flew five hundred combat hours during the war, receiving twenty-one awards and decorations, and rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1954, he went to work for the Douglas Aircraft Company where he became manager of public relations. Morrison is the author of more than twelve books and is considered to be one of America's leading military historians and authority on military and commercial aviation. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 755 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books (June 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870526235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870526237
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,779,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
The Elephant And The Tiger: The Full Story Of The Vietnam War by Wilber Morrison is a stark, comprehensive, straightforward evaluation of the Vietnam War, its military battles and its aftermath. Meticulous and sparing no details, it covers the beginnings of the war with a brief overview of ancient Vietnamese history to the treatment America's Vietnam veterans received upon their return home. The Elephant And The Tiger is a very highly recommended reference about a grave conflict that forever changed nations and a welcome addition to the growing library of American military history in general, and American involvement in the Vietnam conflict in particular.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Botnik Roller on November 21, 2002
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Altough the book does not use a complex language, you must bear in mind, when going for it, that it's really a HUGE book. It's about 638 pages with SMALL type lyrics, believe me!!
Of course Morrison does his costumary excellent job. If you have only one shot at figuring out what Vietnam was all about, this is the book to get. But remember: be patient while reading it! I can take a long time...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PATHERSON on November 21, 2002
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Oh boy, this is heavy reading. The book deals about everything in the Vitnam War. The funny thing is that Morrison is consiedered to be a great military AVIATION writer, but this book delaing with a much more complex subject is very entertaining, objective and complete.
Great read, albeit a hard one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ED Anthony on May 5, 2013
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Best book I have read that covers all inclusive political and operational aspects of the complete Vietnam War. Great detail of the war issues and operations from both the North Vietnamese, Viet Cong, and American, and their allies, perspective.
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