Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Summons of the Trumpet: U.S.-Vietnam in Perspective

Academic journal article Air & Space Power Journal

Summons of the Trumpet: U.S.-Vietnam in Perspective

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Summons of the Trumpet: U.S.-Vietnam in Perspective by Dave R. Palmer. Presidio Press, 505B San Marin Drive, Suite 300, Novato, Califomia 94945-1340, 1978, 273 pages, $14.95.

If you read only one book on the Vietnam War, read Lt Gen Dave R. Palmer's Summons of the Trumpet. General Palmer believes we must understand the first Vietnam if we are to prevent any future Vietnams. He significantly contributes to understanding that war by providing a broad background and history on American involvement in Southeast Asia. Palmer explains why we went to Vietnam, provides a narrative of what we accomplished during our stay there, and details why we left. Most importantly, he illustrates how national policy becomes military strategy. He further illustrates his point that national policy and military strategy must factor in the tactical considerations or end in ruin by incorporating battles or campaigns, which constituted the most common type of fighting during different phases of the war. …

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