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Phoenix and the Birds of Prey: Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism in Vietnam Bison Books Ed Edition
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This odd flavor is attributable to the fact that what Mark Moyar has written is less a work of history than a legal brief. The author writes like a defense attorney who is reading down the list of charges in the indictment against the Phoenix Program and trying to refute them one by one, each in its own chapter. The fruits of Mr. Moyar's documentary research and interviews with American and Vietnamese veterans are presented as 'expert witnesses' to support the defense's case, contributing to the books choppy delivery.
Like any good defense attorney, Mr. Moyar sometimes uses his witnesses in a selective and on occasion even misleading fashion. One specific case involves my own dissertation, which dealt with the 173rd Airborne Brigade's pacification operations in Binh Dinh Province in 1969-1971. In Chapter 26, Mr. Moyer states: "When the GVN [Government of South Vietnam] installed good leaders, it succeeded in forming village governments and effective territorial forces from the hamlet populations of every single province, including the coastal provinces from Phu Yen to Quang Nam [including Binh Dinh] where many villagers were still poor and landless and had relatives in the VC." Appended to this statement is a footnote that refers the reader to my dissertation as evidence of the accuracy of this statement.Read more ›
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Ordered it for my husband as a required text for a graduate school class, but he really enjoyed reading it. Came in good shape and quickly.Published 7 months ago by Haley Hawthorne
Excellent resource on Counterinsurgency and the PHOENIX program. It is a fairly heavy read but well worth it. By far one of the best books I've read in a while.Published on June 28, 2014 by Brian Johnson
This book is based on meticulous research, using hard to access sources, by a military expert. This is a fine effort. Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by John D. Trudel
My title says it all, so allow me to repeat it: This book is utter trash. Okay, okay, I'll say something else. Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by NS
This expanded edition of Moyar's work from the University of Nebraska arrived at the time that the U.S. Read morePublished on November 2, 2008 by Robert M. Gillespie