Academic journal article Military Review

The Vietnam War: An Assessment by South Vietnamese Generals

Academic journal article Military Review

The Vietnam War: An Assessment by South Vietnamese Generals

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THE VIETNAM WAR: An Assessment by South Vietnamese Generals, Lewis Sorley, Texas Tech University Press, Lubbock, 2010, 944 pages, $60.00.

Lewis Sorley's The Vietnam War: An Assessment by South Vietnamese Generals is a work of great heft, both intellectual and physical. Totaling 919 pages, the work contains South Vietnamese officers' detailed examinations of their country's role in the Vietnam War. From 1976 to 1978, the U.S. Army Center of Military History transcribed oral histories of South Vietnam's officers in a collection later referred to as the "Indochina Monographs"; the edited reminiscences make up the bulk of this work. Sorley's work explores the vastness of the Vietnam War's complexities, including the Republic of Vietnam Armed Force's performance on the battlefield, its strategy and tactics, leadership, intelligence, logistics, and partnership with U.S forces. Also covered are events specific to the war itself, including the General Offensives of 1968-1969, the Cambodian Incursion, the Easter Offensive, and the Final Collapse. As with all good history, this work answers a great many questions yet encourages the reader to pose many more.

In the years immediately following the Vietnam War, American scholars chronicled the war under the narrow presumption that the effort was a U. …

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