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- Publication Date: April 12, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00W2MGW4W
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"The Victory That Wasn't" is, as you know from its blurb, speculative fiction. It's a shame that politicians can't be as imaginative as authors, because fewer people might die needlessly.
Vachss's proposed version of the facts as they currently stand is intriguing. I speak not as someone with a political background. Rather, my education is very average; when my employers need to know if a document is clearly written, they pass it to me for a common/no nonsense opinion. I appreciate this premise as much as I love that I have discovered a speculative fictional account of an American war that ISN'T wildly imaginative!
A word on the female protagonist, Katy, if I may. Lovely. She is a strong, independent woman for any time, but it's refreshing to read about a mid-1970s lady who's a journalist and not a housewife or a hippie (both of whom I love, incidentally). Vachss didn't follow the crowd.
My ONLY complaint is that the layout of short paragraphs didn't translate well to my Kindle. Scott's voice seems choppy. This might be a consideration for Vachss (or any other e-author) when he writes another book - which I sure hope he does. This new author, Steve Vachss, shows a great deal of promise.
Daniel Jacobs, Author, The Natural Laws Of Selling
The author’s thesis is intriguing and had some potential. He correctly lays out some of the problems that plagued our efforts in Vietnam, but the book goes downhill from there. Without giving away the plot, the author improperly characterizes many of the major players and institutions, including (but not limited to) President Eisenhower, Robert McNamara, Richard Nixon, Edmund Muskie, the NVA and North Vietnamese government, the VC, government bureaucracies, the Soviets, the Arabs, and the Iranians. While his ideas for a Vietnam strategy are probably better than what was implemented (not a high bar, since the ones followed did not work), his strategy would probably not have worked, either. His analysis of the postwar world assumes that we won the war but discounts or ignores other major events and frictions of the 60s and 70s.
All of this would be forgivable is the book was exciting, but it is written in a very bland style (almost an academic tome with narration) and is very predictable. I kept reading it hoping that it would get better, but after I was halfway through, I kept looking at the Kindle percentage readout to figure out how much was left to read until I finished - the electronic equivalent of clock watching.
All in all, I cannot recommend buying this book.