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Sideshow Paperback – November 3, 1980
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Sideshow is both masterly and horrifying.... It presents hard and irrefutable evidence.... should be compulsory reading! (The New York Review Of Books)
Remarkable and compelling…. First and foremost an American political thriller.... where American officials spied on each other, lied to each other and falsified reports.... ALL TOO REAL. (The Boston Globe)
Sideshow excels.... It has the sweep and shadows of a spy novel as it portrays the surreal world of power, severed from morality. (The New York Times)
Shawcross's 1979 volume was powerful when first published and even more so today: Henry Kissinger in his last book spent nearly 100 pages attacking it. This revised edition includes another onslaught, by Kissinger aide Peter Rodman and Shawcross's rebuttal. Essential title. (Library Journal) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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William Shawcross, the author of Deliver Us from Evil, lives in London. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If you are into learning the backside of "official history", then this book's for you. You will no longer look at Kissinger, Nixon or Westmoreland with the same candid, awe-filled, obedient eyes after reading it. Packed with previously unheard-of accounts, reports, testimonies, following a clean, highly intelligent argumentation methodology, Sideshow acts as a real bulldozer on the reader, repeatedly releasing and depicting loads of devastating illustrations of unsound decisions, hidden political actions, secret wars of influences etc. with the consequences that we all know now. It is certainly one of the punchiest, journalism-based historical accounts I have ever read, whatever the subject.
It shed a completely new and dramatic light onto the country I was a guest of then, and forever changed the way I looked at politics, diplomacy and intelligence.
The CI policies pursued in Vietnam were brutal; no more so than any other CI war, and effective in forcing the NVA back into the mountains. However, theNVA kept coming and being resupplied form their safe havens. Perhaps the fault in the war lay in not attacking North Vietnam with ground force units and then intersecting the Trail with ground force units.
The fate of Cambodia was horrific; the removal of Sihanouk a mistake, but the success of the KR lay in their brutality in forcing adherence, and in the economics of Cambodia with the money held in the cities and the work [agriculture] done by impoverished and resentful farmers.
Perhaps the fault lies in no accepting Vietnamese nationalism in 1947,