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Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954-1965by Mark Moyar
Synopses & Reviews
Drawing on a wealth of new evidence from all sides, Triumph Forsaken overturns most of the historical orthodoxy on the Vietnam War. Through the analysis of international perceptions and power, it shows that South Vietnam was a vital interest of the United States. The book provides many new insights into the overthrow of Ngo Dinh Diem in 1963 and demonstrates that the coup negated the South Vietnamese government's tremendous, and hitherto unappreciated, military and political gains between 1954 and 1963. After Diem's assassination, President Lyndon Johnson had at his disposal several aggressive policy options that could have enabled South Vietnam to continue the war without a massive US troop infusion, but he ruled out these options because of faulty assumptions and inadequate intelligence, making such an infusion the only means of saving the country.
"A full-blooded member of what he calls the 'revisionist school' of Vietnam War historians, Moyar firmly believes that America's longest and most controversial overseas war was 'a worthy but improperly executed enterprise.' His fiercely argued book, which covers the early years of American involvement in the war, is an unabated salvo against what he calls the 'orthodox school' that sees American involvement in the war as 'wrongheaded and unjust.' The main villains are former Vietnam War correspondents David Halberstam and Neil Sheehan; former U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam Henry Cabot Lodge; and just about anyone else who had bad things to say about South Vietnamese premier Ngo Dinh Diem and good things to say about Vietnamese Communist leader Ho Chi Minh. Though Moyar marshals many primary sources to buttress his political point of view, he undermines his argument by disparaging those he disagrees with (calling Sheehan and Halberstam, for example, 'indignant,' 'vengeful,' and 'self-righteous'). He also showers praise on those who backed Diem, the autocratic leader who stifled the press and his political opponents. Revisionists will embrace the book; the orthodox will see it as more evidence of a vast, right-wing conspiracy." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
This volume by Moyar overturns most of the historical orthodoxy on the Vietnam War.
Drawing on a wealth of new evidence, Mark Moyar, an eminent military historian and expert on American diplomatic and intelligence history, demonstrates that leaders and government officials were right to believe that the fall of South Vietnam would endanger the security interests of the United States. 10 halftone photos. 1 map.
Triumph Forsaken overturns most of the historical orthodoxy on the Vietnam War.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Heritage; 2. Two Vietnams, July 1954-December 1955; 3. Peaceful coexistence, 1956-1959; 4. Insurgency, 1960; 5. Commitment, 1961; 6. Rejuvenation, January-June 1962; 7. Attack, July-December 1962; 8. The battle of Ap Bac, January 1963; 9. Diem on trial, February-July 1963; 10. Betrayal, August 1963; 11. Self-destruction, September-November 2, 1963; 12. The return of the twelve warlords, November 3-December 1963; 13. Self-imposed restrictions, January-July 1964; 14. Signals, August-October 1964; 15. Invasion, November-December 1964; 16. The prize for victory, January-May 1965; 17. Decision, June-July 1965.
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