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Phillip B. Davidson, a retired Army lieutenant general, not only spent two years in Vietnam as the chief intelligence officer to Generals Westmoreland and Abrams, but prior to that was Assistant Professor of Military History at West Point. The editors of Encyclopedia Britannica have recently commissioned him to rewrite their entry on the Vietnam War.
"Davidson has accomplished a major fete in describing the military history of both the first and second Vietnam War. Not concentrating on the political aspects of the war, Davidson dramatically discusses the military strategy which won and lost the war."--Bradley Skelcher, Delaware State College"A most valuable look at several important topics, re. the Vietnam War; General Giap's military genius in the field; the development of North Vietnam's revolutionary warfare; failures of the Americans to counter it."--Marshall E. Nunn, Glendale Community College"Monumental, measured, and masterful...Promises to be the standard reference on Vietnam's martial past for years to come."--Kirkus Reviews"The finest military history of the Vietnam War now available."--CHOICE"Sound research and first-rate writing."--Booklist"An outstanding operational history of three Indochina wars...Deserves to be widely read as a counterpoint to Stanley Karnow's Vietnam: A History."--Library Journal"Perhaps the most concise and readable account of one of the most complex periods in U.S. military history. A masterpiece!"--Leo J. Daugherty III, Notre Dame College of Ohio"Karnow has painted the domestic, political, international, and historical panorama of the Vietnam experience. We now have the companion to that work with Davidson's portrayal of the military dimension."--Professor Robert Bledsoe, University of Central Florida