Read an earlier edition of this quite amazing history of Vietnam at war. From a thousand years of fighting we move to the defeat of the French at Dienbienphu on May 7, 1954 to the fiasco of the withdrawal of the Americans. Karnow doesn't pull his punches: some of those in power in America were liars, cheats, pompous and proud, indecisive men with blinkers on, bent on retaining power at all costs.
A book that reveals the failings of men in the military and in politics. And brave soldiers died because they were told to fight - but most of them didn't know why....Continua