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In this groundbreaking book, James William Gibson shatters the misled assumptions behind both liberal and conservative explanations for America's failure in Vietnam. Gibson shows how American government and military officials developed a disturbingly limited concept of war — what he calls "technowar" — in which all efforts were focused on maximizing the enemy's body count, regardless of the means. Consumed by a blind faith in the technology of destruction, American leaders failed to take into account their enemy's highly effective guerrilla tactics. Indeed, technowar proved woefully inapplicable to the actual political and military strategies used by the Vietnamese, and Gibson reveals how U.S. officials consistently falsified military records to preserve the illusion that their approach would prevail. Gibson was one of the first historians to question the fundamental assumptions behind American policy, and The Perfect War is a brilliant reassessment of the war — now republished with a new introduction by the author.

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In this groundbreaking book, Gibson shatters the misled assumptions for America's failure in Vietnam, showing how American officials developed a disturbingly limited concept of war--what he calls "technowar"--in which all efforts were focused on maximizing the enemy's body count, regardless of the means.

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ISBN:
9780871137999
Introduction:
Gibson, James William
Author:
Gibson, James William
Introduction by:
Gibson, James William
Introduction:
Gibson, James William
Author:
Gibson, James William
Publisher:
Atlantic Monthly Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
War
Subject:
Military - Vietnam War
Subject:
Vietnames Conflict, 1961-1975
Subject:
Vietnamese Conflict, 19
Subject:
War & Military
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Military History Series
Series Volume:
#59
Publication Date:
20000231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 26.5 oz

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"Synopsis" by , In this groundbreaking book, Gibson shatters the misled assumptions for America's failure in Vietnam, showing how American officials developed a disturbingly limited concept of war--what he calls "technowar"--in which all efforts were focused on maximizing the enemy's body count, regardless of the means.
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