Drawing on a wealth of new evidence from all sides, Triumph Forsaken, first published in 2007, overturns most of the historical orthodoxy on the Vietnam War. Through the analysis of international perceptions and power, it shows that South Vietnam was a vital interest of the United States. The book provides many insights into the overthrow of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem in 1963 and demonstrates that the coup negated the South Vietnamese government's tremendous, and hitherto unappreciated, military and political gains between 1954 and 1963. After Diem's assassination, President Lyndon Johnson had at his disposal several aggressive policy options that could have enabled South Vietnam to continue the war without a massive US troop infusion, but he ruled out these options because of faulty assumptions and inadequate intelligence, making such an infusion the only means of saving the country.
James M. Murphy Source: The Times Literary Supplement
Mackubin Thomas Owens Source: The Weekly Standard
Victor Davis Hanson Source: City Journal
Lewis Sorley Source: Joint Force Quarterly
Guenter Lewy Source: New York Sun
Robert F. Turner Source: Historically Speaking
Robert H. Scales Source: Wall Street Journal
Rick Baillergeon Source: History
Michael O'Donnell Source: Choice
George Cohen Source: Booklist
Stuart Herrington Source: Parameters
Charles Melson Source: Marine Corps Gazette
Source: The Royal Society for Asian Affairs
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