- Paperback: 616 pages
- Publisher: University Press of Kansas; 25 Anniversary edition (November 13, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0700612130
- ISBN-13: 978-0700612130
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Decent Interval: An Insider's Account of Saigon's Indecent End Told by the CIA's Chief Strategy Analyst in Vietnam 25 Anniversary Edition
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"A great service to everyone’s understanding of what happened in Vietnam in the spring of 1975. . . . Other accounts of that time will have to be measured against what Snepp, from his unique and highly informed vantage point, has produced."—Kevin Buckley, New York Times Book Review
"By far the richest document yet produced on the American and South Vietnamese end game."—Laurence Stern, Washington Post Book World
"An astonishing book. . . . Brilliantly argued and elegantly written."—Seymour Hersh, Los Angeles Times
"Replete with important disclosures. Provides the most detailed account to date of the operations of the CIA inside South Vietnam, as well as giving a first-hand account of high-level disagreements between Washington and Saigon over the use and integrity of intelligence."—New York Times
"Vigorous, gripping, novelistic in its evocation of mood, setting, and character."—Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times
"Important revelations. The incredible history of the American role in Vietnam would have been forever poorer without Snepp’s perspective."—Boston Globe
"Those who read the book will shudder anew at the tragedy, confusion, and gross incompetence Snepp lays bare."—John Barkham Reviews
"The value of Snepp’s book is that it teaches us, in an absorbing and brilliant manner, where the mistakes were made in the CIA and in the highest ranks of officials. . . . Even the most ardent critics of the war could not have ever guessed what Snepp the [CIA] insider has revealed."—Gloria Emerson, winner of the National Book Award for Winners and Losers: Battles, Retreats, Gains, Losses, and Ruins from a Long War
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"The value of Snepps book is that it teaches us, in an absorbing and brilliant manner, where the mistakes were made in the CIA and in the highest ranks of officials. . . . Even the most ardent critics of the war could not have ever guessed what Snepp the [CIA] insider has revealed."-Gloria Emerson, winner of the National Book Award for Winners and Losers: Battles, Retreats, Gains, Losses, and Ruins from a Long War
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I also share the author's perspective on the factors that led to the downfall of South Vietnam and the conclusion that it was a question of when, not if. The war was, in essence, unwinnable in the manner that the United States was waging it. This book also brings to light the disgraceful manner in which we conducted our exit and the unconscionable way in which we abandoned the loyal Vietnamese who had served us so well.
It is a remarkable book which I highly recommend to all. In my opinion, it is an objective account of that period written from a unique perspective. It is must reading for anyone who wants to learn the truth of the last years of that war, how and why it ended in defeat, and our disgraceful departure.