Giap: The General Who Defeated America in Vietnam

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St. Martin's Press, Sep 24, 2013 - History - 256 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - IslandDave - LibraryThing

General Giap is one of those people whose influence on specific events warrants an extensive and engaging conversation. James Warren's book attempts just such a conversation, but alas, much of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - RhodestoRome - LibraryThing

This will be a brief review as I am currently deployed and the internet connection here is shoddy, at best. I will attempt to update it upon my return. This book was a fairly entertaining read; it ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1 The Vietnamese Revolution and the Young Revolutionary
1
World War II
15
19451950
35
Giaps First Victories
63
Chapter 5 19511953
75
Chapter 6 Dien Bien Phu and Victory
95
19541965
123
The Escalation Phase 19651967
145
Chapter 9 The Tet Offensive
163
19691975
183
Chapter 11 Refl ections
213
Notes
219
Selected Bibliography
227
Index
230
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James A. Warren is a military historian and writer specializing in modern American military history. He has written books on the Vietnam War and the Cold War and contributed the chapter on the Vietnam War to The Atlas of American Military History. His reviews and articles have appeared in MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, as well as in Society and The Providence Journal. He lives in Providence, R.I.

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