Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954–1965

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-03-02
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Drawing on a wealth of new evidence from all sides, Triumph Forsaken 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 new 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.

Author Biography

Mark Moyar is the Kim T. Adamson Chair of Insurgency and Terrorism at the U.S. Marine Corps University. He holds a B.A. summa cum laude in history from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in history from Cambridge University. A frequent commentator on historical and current events, his articles have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and many other publications. He is also the author of Phoenix and the Birds of Prey: Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism in Vietnam (2007).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxv
Heritagep. 1
Two Vietnams: July 1954-December 1955p. 32
Peaceful Coexistence: 1956-1959p. 60
Insurgency: 1960p. 87
Commitment: 1961p. 120
Rejuvenation: January-June 1962p. 148
Attack: July-December 1962p. 165
The Battle of Ap Bac: January 1963p. 186
Diem on Trial: February-July 1963p. 206
Betrayal: August 1963p. 229
Self-Destruction: September-November 2, 1963p. 244
The Return of the Twelve Warlords: November 3-December 1963p. 275
Self-Imposed Restrictions: January-July 1964p. 288
Signals: August-October 1964p. 310
Invasion: November-December 1964p. 330
The Prize for Victory: January-May 1965p. 350
Decision: June-July 1965p. 392
Abbreviations Used in Notesp. 417
Notesp. 419
Indexp. 503
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