The Tet Offensive

By Marc Jason Gilbert; William Head | Go to book overview

About the Authors and Editors

LARRY BERMAN is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. Among his many articles, books, and presentations two of his most famous are Planning a Tragedy: The Americanization of the War in Vietnam ( 1982) and Lyndon Johnson's War: The Road to Stalemate in Vietnam ( 1989). He is currently working on a history of the war in Vietnam after 1973.

ROBERT BRIGHAM is Assistant Professor at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, where he worked with George C. Herring. He has conducted a significant amount of research on the Vietnam War in Hanoi and Saigon ( Ho Chi Minh City) and has received generous funding from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Sciences Committee of Viet Nam, the University of Kentucky, and Vassar College. He is the author of several essays on the war and Vietnamese archives and is currently working on a book about the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam.

PETER BRUSH is contributing editor of the Viet Nam Generation, a journal of recent history and contemporary issues. He has taught history and political science at Clinton Community College and Empire State College in Plattsburgh, New York. He has authored several articles on the military history of the Vietnam War. In 1968 he served in a heavy mortar battery at Khe Sanh combat base in Vietnam.

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The Tet Offensive
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms ix
  • Preface xiii
  • 1: Introduction 1
  • Notes 15
  • 2 - The Tet Offensive 17
  • Notes 43
  • 3 - The Tet Offensive and Sino-Vietnamese Relations 45
  • Notes 59
  • 4 - The Nlf and the Tet Offensive 63
  • Notes 69
  • 5 - Giap and Tet Mau Than 1968: The Year of the Monkey 73
  • Notes 85
  • 6 - The Tet Offensive and Its Aftermath 89
  • Notes 119
  • 7 - My Recollections of the Tet Offensive 125
  • Notes 134
  • 8 - The Tet Offensive and Middletown: A Study in Contradiction 135
  • Notes 141
  • 9 - The Warning That Left Something to Chance: Intelligence at Tet 143
  • Notes 163
  • 10 - Don't Bother Me with the Facts; I've Made Up My Mind: The Tet Offensive in The Context of Intelligence and U.S. Strategy 167
  • Notes 179
  • 11 - Tet Beyond the Wire: TCK/TKN, the General Offensive/General Uprising 181
  • Notes 189
  • 12 - The Battle of Khe Sanh, 1968 191
  • Notes 210
  • 13 - President Johnson and the Decision To Curtail Rolling Thunder 215
  • Notes 228
  • 14 - The Myth of Tet: American Failure and The Politics of War 231
  • Notes 249
  • Selected Bibliography 259
  • Index 269
  • About the Authors and Editors 283
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