Synopses & Reviews
Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War
allows us to see what really happened to American forces in Southeast Asia, separating popular myth from explosive reality in a clear, concise manner. Containing more than two hundred examinations of different aspects of the war, the book questions why the American military ignored the lessons taught by previous encounters with insurgency forces; probes the use of group think and mind control by the North Vietnamese; and explores the role technology played in shaping the way the war was fought. Of course, the book also reveals the "dirty little secrets," the truth behind such aspects of the conflict as the rise of the Montagnard mercenaries-the most feared group of soldiers participating in the secret war in Laos-and the details of the hidden struggle for the Ho Chi Minh Trail.
With its unique and perceptive examination of the conflict, Dirty Little Secrets of the Vietnam War offers a critical addition to the library of Vietnam War history.
"Informative and entertaining but sobering." --The New York Times Book Review
on Dirty Little Secrets
"Dirty Little Secrets is full of surprises about the inner workings of war-making machinery around the world. and, with war and rumors of war no more distant than the front page of today's newspaper, Dirty Little Secrets is a useful briefing...A handbook for our times." --Los Angeles Times on Dirty Little Secrets
This revealing reference contains more than 200 items that blow apart many of the common myths regarding the Vietnam Conflict. The revelations include details of the secret war for the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the use of mind control by the North Vietnamese, and the presence of former Imperial Japanese and Nazi troops in the ranks of the Viet Minh.
About the Author
James F. Dunnigan
and Albert A. Nofi
are the authors of hundreds of books and articles on military affairs. Dunnigan has been a consultant to the State Department, the CIA, and the Army War College. Nofi is the editor of the series The Great Campaigns of Military History.