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Why Vietnam Matters: An Eyewitness Account of Lessons Not Learned by [Phillips III, Rufus  C.]
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Beginning in 1954, Phillips spent almost 10 years doing undercover and pacification work for the CIA and the U.S. Agency for International Development in South Vietnam. In the high-level power struggle over America's Vietnam policy. Phillips, then a government adviser, was a strong proponent of helping build a stable democratic government that the South Vietnamese would willingly fight to preserve from the Communist North—and a vocal opponent of sending in American combat troops. In this sober and informed memoir, Phillips provides a fascinating look at the Kennedy and Johnson administrations' refusal to give more than lip service to pacification, with revealing portraits of such figures as the singular Maj. Gen. Edward Lansdale, South Vietnamese Premier Ngo Dinh Diem, President Kennedy and Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara and other prominent officials. Phillips states firmly that those best and brightest, especially McNamara, exhibited poor judgment, bureaucratic prejudice, and personal hubris as they steered Vietnam War policy on a disastrous course. Phillips's short chapter on lessons the U.S. should have learned from the Vietnam War should be mandatory reading in Washington, D.C. Maps. (Oct. 15)
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“If you want to know why Vietnam matters, read this brilliant memoir and find out why those who refuse to learn the lessons of history are doomed to make the same mistakes.” ―JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY, nationally syndicated columnist, author of We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young and co-author of We Are Soldiers Still



“Phillips’s short chapter on lessons the U.S. should have learned from the Vietnam War should be mandatory reading in Washington, D.C.”― PUBLISHERS WEEKLY



“In the flood of books on every aspect of the Vietnam War, this is one that will endure as among the most valuable, accurate, and important.”― LEWIS SORLEY, author of A Better War



“A wonderful read, full of detail and drama.”―GEORGE PARKER, The New Yorker


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  • File Size: 7817 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (December 4, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 4, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GF2RAQY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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