War of Numbers: An Intelligence Memoir of the Vietnam War's Uncounted Enemy New Ed Edition
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"A stunning account by a man of impeccable integrity, of the corruption of U.S. military intelligence in Vietnam." - Mike Wallace
"If someone were to ask me what three books they should read to understand what happened in Vietnam, I would say: Street Without Joy, by Bernard Fall; Honorable Men, by William Colby; and War of Numbers by Sam Adams. . . . There are probaboly 5,000 books on Vietnam. War of Numbers will become a classic." -- Lt. Col. H. Thomas Hayden, The Marine Corps Gazette
"As spellbinding as a mystery story -- which of course it is." -- The Boston Globe
One of "the most important books of the Vietnam War -- Adams has had the last word, in permanent defiance of those who would re-write the war to doublethink specifications." -- The Chicago Tribune
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But what I enjoyed most was the way Adams pieced together all the tidbits of information to get the true numbers, and how he held onto that truth regardless.
Until I read this book I did not understand why the CIA had higher numbers than MACV. The book also explainded the reasoning behind Westmoreland's law suit against CBS and Sam Adams. Colonel Hackworth's "Introduction" is the best summary of this book. If you are not yet sure that you want to buy it, read his introduction and you will know for sure.
One reviewer described this book as one that shows what not to do in intelligence work, but it also shows what you should do. Adams showed the CIA how his detailed analysis could forecast problems in Africa, and he was praised for that analysis. He applied the same technigues in Vietnam, and was ignored because his analysis disagreed with too many high level military and political people.
I love this book and I bought a hardback copy for my Vietnam collection. I was in Vietnam from Feb 1967 to Feb 1972, and until I read this book, I could not understand some of the things that happened, even after years of research on the Tet Offensive and its aftermath.
Wikipedia says that 'the Sam Adams Award is given annually by the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence, a group of retired CIA officers, to an intelligence professional who has taken a stand for integrity and ethics. It is named after Samuel A. Adams, a CIA whistleblower during the Vietnam War.'