The General Who Defeated America in Vietnam

Book - 2013
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General Vo Nguyen Giap was the commander in chief of the communist armed forces during two of his country's most difficult conflicts--the first against Vietnam's colonial masters, the French, and the second against the most powerful nation on earth, the United States. After long and bloody conflicts, he defeated both Western powers and their Vietnamese allies, forever changing modern warfare. In Giap , military historian James A. Warren dives deep into the conflict to bring to life a revolutionary general and reveal the groundbreaking strategies that defeated world powers against incredible odds. Synthesizing ideas and tactics from an extraordinary range of sources, Giap was one of the first to realize that war is more than a series of battles between two armies and that victory can be won through the strength of a society's social fabric. As America's wars in the Middle East rage on, this is an important and timely look at a man who was a master at defeating his enemies even as they thought they were winning.
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780230107120
Branch Call Number: 355.0092 Vo -W
Characteristics: xii, 234 p. : ill., maps


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Nov 08, 2014

While it was true that the Americans had won all the major battles, it was also irrelevant.

Nov 08, 2014

World War II dealt a fatal blow to colonialism by awakening passionate nationalism yearning among the colonized peoples of Asia and Africa.

Nov 08, 2014

..., Communism's growing popularity in pre-world war II Vietnam was inextricably bound up with the corrosive and debilitating effects of French colonialism on the Vietnamese people ...


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Nov 05, 2014

France's response to the insurgency much like the Americans who came after them, suggests a general failure among those at the highest levels of command to grasp the political dynamics of the war and the nature of the adversary.


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