A Better War by Lewis Sorley
The Unexamined Victories and the Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam

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Neglected by scholars and journalists alike, the years of conflict in Vietnam from 1968 to 1975 offer surprises not only about how the war was fought, but about what was achieved. Drawing from thousands of hours of previously unavailable (and still classified) tape-recorded meetings between the highest levels of the American military command in Vietnam, A Better War is an insightful, factual, and superbly documented history of these final years. Through his exclusive access to authoritative materials, award-winning historian Lewis Sorley highlights the dramatic differences in conception, conduct, and-at least for a time-results between the early and later years of the war. Among his most important findings is that while the war was being lost at the peace table and in the U.S. Congress, the soldiers were winning on the ground. Meticulously researched and movingly told, A Better War sheds new light on the Vietnam War.
 

About Lewis Sorley

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Lewis Sorley is a third-generation graduate of the United States Military Academy who also holds a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University. He served in Vietnam, and in the Pentagon in the offices of Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger and Army Chief of Staff General William C. Westmoreland. He also taught at West Point and the Army War College. He is the author of five highly-regarded works of military history.
 
Published June 3, 1999 by Mariner Books. 507 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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A fawning paean to General Creighton Abrams, Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker, and former CIA chief William Colby and their 'stewardship" of the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1975.

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Using a host of oral interviews, 455 tape recordings made in Vietnam during the years 1968-1972 and numerous other sources, military historian Sorley has produced a first-rate challenge to the convent

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(That Mr Sorley identifies the ability of American soldiers to travel freely with "winning the war" is revealing.) Mr Sorley's argument is that to the extent that the Vietnam War was a "people's war" in the South, the Communist insurgency was defeated after the failed Tet offensive through intell...

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