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Vietnam's Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN Hardcover
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“Wiest’s excellent book helps to fill a yawning void in the history of the Vietnam War.”
-Journal of Military History
“This is a fascinating study of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN)the South Vietnamese armyduring America's involvement in the Vietnam War. . . . This well-written, compassionate study is a major contribution to most libraries.”
“While tactical history can seem stilted and dry at times, Andrew Wiest, in Vietnam’s Forgotten Army, presents an enriched and dynamic history of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) by chronicling the careers of two of ARVN’s best young officers, Tran Ngoc Hue and Pham Van Dinh, as they fought in the Vietnam War. Wiest seeks to dispel the myth of the ARVN as an ineffective fighting force... The value of Vietnam’s Forgotten Army lies in the author’s appreciation for ARVN fighting prowess and the book’s interesting perspective of the Vietnam War.”
“This sympathetic biography of Pham Van Dinh and Tran Ngoc Hue, mid-level officers in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), provides a unique perspective among American war histories. . . . [Readers] will gain new respect for the mishandled South Vietnamese army.”
“No book about the Vietnam War can be simply a book about the Vietnam War. Vietnam’s Forgotten Army appears in the midst of a raging debate over American armed interventions abroad and over the proper lessons to draw from Vietnam for the war in Iraq.”
About the Author
Andrew Wiest is Professor of History and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of War and Society at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is co-editor of War in the Age of Technology: Myriad Faces of Modern Armed Combat (NYU Press, 2001) and author or co-author of numerous books, including Rolling Thunder in a Gentle Land: The Vietnam War Revisited, Atlas of World War II, and The Vietnam War, 1959–1975. He lives in Hattiesburg, MS.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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As far as I know, no one other American author has made the effort to chronicle the Vietnam War from any perspective other than that of the U.S.Government and the U.S.Military. To see it from this other viewpoint has been enlightening. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the history of that war.