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Author(s): Edward Doyle, Samuel Lipsman, Terrence Maitland, Stephen Weiss. Size: 23.5 x 29 (cm). Quantity: 192 (pages). Language: English. Publisher: Boston Publishing Company. Year: 1982

In the fall of 1967, U.S. forces had been fighting in Vietnam for more than two years, and American military leaders had never sounded more hopeful about the war.

“The enemy’s hopes are bankrupt,” General William Westmoreland, commander of U.S. forces in Vietnam, said in November, “we have reached an important point when the end begins to come into view.” The Army Chief of Staff, General Harold Johnson, detected a “smell of success” to the war.

But not everyone was optimistic. Department of Defense analysts concluded in late 1967, “An end to the conflict is not in sight and major unresolved problems remain.” A New York Times article that summer had described the war as a “stalemate”.

The publication America Takes Over is one of the next two volumes of THE VIETNAM EXPERIENCE, America Takes Over and A Contagion of War. In America Takes Over readers can find a part of a journey through the early years of the Vietnam War – 1965 to 1967. the book focus on the high-level political and military decisions behind America’s “big build-up” of men and materiel between 1965 and 1967 and their application on the battle field. By ordering the first American combat troops to Vietnam in spring 1965, President Johnson had demonstrated U.S. resolve to fight communism in Southeast Asia. His advisers and America’s top military officers now turned to the question of how to pursue the fight.

The question of strategy

In America Takes Over you will read General William Westmoreland’s answer to that question and discover why it became so controversial. Why did a leading military historian later write the General Westmoreland’s “strategy of attrition” was “irrefutable proof of the absence of any strategy.”

America Takes Over gives you the facts you will need to judge for yourself. It shows you how that strategy worked, taking you the length of South Vietnam on “search and destroy” missions, the instruments of U.S. strategy.

America Takes Over also covers the air war strategy, formulated by Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and approved by President Johnson, who selected many of the bombing targets himself. You will also need about the beginnings of protest in the United States and around the world. The book includes eight following chapters:

Chapter 1: War Footing

Chapter 2: LBJ: Commander in Chief

Chapter 3: Search and Destroy

Chapter 4: The “Other” War

Chapter 5: Three Battles

Chapter 6: The International Front

Chapter 7: The War Comes Home

Chapter 8: A Year of Momentum?

Readers interested in the book can find it at the Library of The Vietnam National Museum of History (No. 25 Tong Dan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi). We are honored to present!

Mai An

Viet Nam National Museum of History