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The Storm Has Many Eyes by Henry Cabot Lodge, the ambassador during the coup against Deim, wrote this crucially important book that has been largely ignored. He wrote Why Vietnam Matters: A Story of Lessons Not Learned about the well-documented disconnect in command decision organizations between boots on the ground and distant decision-makers in air-conditioned offices playing politics in the capital. This is because, according to Louis Galambos' Eisenhower, Becoming Leader of the Free World , while military organizations are highly structured at their lower levels, the relationships at the top are personal and power does not necessarily depend on the position held.
The reason he broke his promise to Kennedy not to write a book is that his son, who had served in the Marines but not in Vietnam , came home from Alaska and camped on his doorstep until his father agreed to tell his side of the story. After the fall of Saigon, Snepp wanted to write an after-action report on the collapse. There was no appetite in the CIA for such an undertaking, so Snepp went ahead on his own. He was sued by the government for violating the secrecy vetting agreement he signed as a condition of his employment and lost the royalties of the book.
Published in , it is as relevant today as it was then. Snepp is the mold of Bradley Manning and Daniel Ellsberg, insider whistleblowers who, at tremendous risk to themselves, expose malfeasance and incompetence in life and death situations. Decent Interval is worth reading. Simpson was a United States Information Service officer, who also served as a reporter, during the waning years of the French war. Arriving in Saigon in January he visited and stayed through the defeat at Dien Bien Phu and was asked to assist the press operation of the newly installed President Nho Dinh Diem's.
Simpson lived in Vietnam with his wife, and his first children were born there. Simpson was intimately involved in Diem's seizure of power from Emperor Bao Dai and his consolidation of control through the fight against the Binh Xuyen gangsters, plus the Cao Dai and Hoa Hao sects.
Sadly, Diem's much-vaunted victory was pyrrhic. More than one Frenchman told Simpson that the United States was destroying the indigenous anti-communist forces and turning the country over to the Viet Cong. And those areas that had been under the control of the gangsters and sects were taken over by the communists after the defeat of their armies because Diem's forces alone could not control all of South Vietnam.
In , he moved to Saigon with his family and returned to Paris for the Peace talks.
After the American defeat, he became Ambassador to Malaysia where the biggest item on his plate was dealing with resettling the refugees from Vietnam. Miller's perceptive take on the war is that the United States had neither a strategy for fighting the war nor one for ending the war, because the Americans never thought they could lose. He also details the far-reaching, long term domestic damage that the war did to American society.
Newsmen and Historian Memoirs. The Furtive War by Wilfred Burchette. The Fall of Saigon by David Butler. The Crazy War: Travels in Vietnam by Karl Eskelund is a short travelogue by a Danish writer, published in but not translated into English until Although accredited to the war, his sponsor refused to publish his dispatches. They were finally published as a book, without revision, in In the course of their investigation, they found enough material for this excellent book about the war and its aftermath.
To What End by Ward S. Just, who was a newspaper reporter before he became a novelist, was written in and published in This is Vietnam before the Tet offensive and the destruction of Hue. Sadly, this book is still worth reading almost fifty years later. There are other unique things in this page book which the author wrote over thirty years. Sheehan spent 16 years writing this classic best seller , a history of the American involvement in Vietnam as told through the life of Colonel John Paul Vann. Wings For the Valiant by Robert W. By Frank N.
Trager, a history of the French War and Diem Regime that concludes by being supportive of the war.
Vietnam Diary by Richard Tregaskis is important and unique. His book, Guadalcanal Diary was a best seller , was made into a movie in , and for a while was required reading for all Marine officer candidates. Vietnam Diary is based on his three months in Vietnam from October, to the beginning of January, All the Americans are older, career officers. No draftees. Yet, it is clear that with the emphasis in helicopter mobility lay the hope of victory. Tregaskis is an anti-communist, and this is the war fought by South Vietnamese with advisors from Yale, Dartmouth and West Point.
Yet, even in , no one thought we were winning the war. Becaus e t he United States did not have diplomatic relations with Peking unt il , there are no official documents of their contacts.
Topping is a newspaper reporter who was in the right place at the right time. Posted to Saigon in , he covered the French Indochina war, met for two hours with John and Bob Kennedy and was questioned by them during their visit to Vietnam in Topping was instrumental in contributing to the success of the Geneva Conference on Vietnam and Korea. Chinese leaks to Topping were the only way the Chinese could communicate their negotiating position to the Americans because they had no official contacts.
Truman and his advisors ignored the message, thinking it was a bluff. Topping was subsequently posted to Berlin in the late s and was in Moscow during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Additionally , he married the daughter of Chester Ronning, the career Canadian diplomat who was instrumental in the most important peace feeler of the Vietnam War. His familial relations give Topping an additional non-American perspective. Topping ultimately became an editor at the New York Times. It is di ffi cult to understand the Chinese dimension of the Vietnam War and Am erican foreign policy of the s and s without reading thi s book.
Also, this book is one of the few that details forthrightly the amount and kind of aid the Communist Chinese gave to the Vietnamese. Giap, the history teacher, was not the military genius he is made out to be.
It is an inside account of events most historians of the period never knew happened. Topping has some interesting conclusions that bear on contemporary foreign policy issues, the most jarring of which is his contention that air power is too big a hammer and is essentially useless in fighting guerilla or civil war because killing innocent people which is inevitable just alienates the people one is trying to win over.
Military Officer Memoirs. Allen is an indispensable book. Allen spent the fourteen years from — exclusively on Vietnam as a military analyst for the army, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the CIA. This public relations blitz was the cause of the subsequent shock of the Tet offensive. Had the political and military leadership told the truth, then the public would have been better prepared for the widespread attack.
All he says is that army intelligence was against it. Trung Ta Bac Si by Lt.