The History of 1945-1975: Vietnam at War by Lt. Gen. Phillip B. Davidson


Hardcover. Condition: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good. 1988. Presidio. 1st Edition, 2nd Printing.

Weaving together the stories of three distinct conflicts Phillip B. Davidson follows the entire course of the Vietnam War, from the initial French skirmishes in 1946 to the dramatic fall of Saigon nearly thirty years later. His connecting thread is North Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap, a remarkable figure who, with no formal military training, fashioned a rag-tag militia into one of the world's largest and most formidable armies. By focusing on Giap's role throughout the war, and by making available for the first time a wealth of recently declassified information, Davidson is in the unique position to view the war from the North Vietnamese perspective. And his experience as Chief Intelligence Officer under Generals Westmoreland and Abrams allows him to tell firsthand the story of America's tragic ordeal in Indochina, and to bring his rare insight to bear on many topics of continuing controversy. Comprehensive, authoritative, and often controversial, Vietnam at War is the definitive history of a conflict that still rages in the American psyche.