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Need Freeper Recommendations On Vietnam War Info Sources/sites/books
2/20/2014

Posted on 02/20/2014 2:20:18 PM PST by icwhatudo

My child is doing a paper on the reasons we were unable to stop communism from spreading to South Vietnam. I was hoping you could suggest some good sources/websites/books for a young conservative interested in the real story of Vietnam.

I remember one site on FR years ago ("helicopter pilot" or something) that had all kinds of polls showing things were opposite from what Hollywood would have you believe like: support for the war was high, that service members were proud, that returning vets were less likely to use drugs/commit crimes, etc etc.


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1 posted on 02/20/2014 2:20:19 PM PST by icwhatudo
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No More Vietnams by Richard Nixon. Great book telling the full history.


2 posted on 02/20/2014 2:21:38 PM PST by cotton1706
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It would help to know the age/grade of your child for making recommendations.


3 posted on 02/20/2014 2:22:20 PM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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The Twenty-Five Year Century
In the Jaws of History

Just for starters.


4 posted on 02/20/2014 2:24:40 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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High school, honors program


5 posted on 02/20/2014 2:24:43 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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“The Best and the Brightest” by David Halberstam.


6 posted on 02/20/2014 2:32:27 PM PST by stormer
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... the reasons we were unable to stop communism from spreading to South Vietnam.


7 posted on 02/20/2014 2:42:00 PM PST by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind, but now I see...)
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To: onedoug

ping


8 posted on 02/20/2014 2:45:00 PM PST by windcliff
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For much of the background to understand the Anti-War movement, David Horowitz - Radical Son.

Horowitz was the author of much of the propaganda of the Left during the Vietnam War.

9 posted on 02/20/2014 2:45:44 PM PST by Dan(9698)
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Gerald Ford Presidential Library should have some interviews with the late former President, President when Saigon fell.

In television interviews he correctly states that the post-Watergate Democrat Congress "lost its guts."

Had Richard Nixon not resigned, or, more properly, had not been abjectly paranoid about the press attention given to Senator McGovern in 1972 and diddled Larry O'Donnell's office at the Watergate, and then lied about it on tape, Saigon might not have been allowed to fall after the U.S. pull out.

Many of us here could "go on and on."

10 posted on 02/20/2014 2:52:14 PM PST by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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My child is doing a paper on the reasons we were unable to stop communism from spreading to South Vietnam

ROE, hard to win a war when the US government (the WH) would not allow us to win it. The containment of the spread of communism was a lie. The Vietnam war was solely about making money for the military industrialists. When America caught on to the lie, the riots and protests that ensued divided the country.

11 posted on 02/20/2014 2:57:29 PM PST by drypowder
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TRIUMPH FORSAKEN by Mark Moyar.


12 posted on 02/20/2014 3:11:54 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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You should have your son/daughter first study why America’s left vehemently opposed our entry into WWII *until* Hitler invaded the USSR.From there he/she can just follow the dots.Of course these dots lead to Chronkite...Fulbright (BillyBob’s mentor)...Kerry....and Ayers among others.


13 posted on 02/20/2014 3:51:11 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama: "I can do whatever I want")
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5 Star website that pulls hundreds of sources together.

http://www.cc.gatech.edu/fac/Thomas.Pilsch/Vietnam.html


14 posted on 02/20/2014 3:55:37 PM PST by smoothsailing
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“Why Vietnam?” Archemedes Patti. Interesting early account of OSS ops in Indochina during and after WWII. An OSS agent himself, Patti paints a picture of a Ho Chi Minh who very much would have preferred cordial relations with the West and particularly the US. Though the Truman admin fed those who would become the Vietnamese back to the French with the Japs kicked out, and...well, we all know the rest. Or should.


15 posted on 02/20/2014 4:05:34 PM PST by onedoug
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The containment of the spread of communism was a lie. The Vietnam war was solely about making money for the military industrialists.

You're full of donkey dung. After Nixon resigned the communists knew that Ford would never recommit troops to SE Asia. Absence the US presence there, the communists rolled through the entire area. They weren't interested in conquest. They wanted annihilation.

They killed tens of millions. I knew refugees from the area. Laos. Cambodia. South Vietnam.

The American soldier was the only thing standing between those people and outer darkness.

You don't know what you're talking about. Do us a favor and shut up.

16 posted on 02/20/2014 4:18:47 PM PST by LouAvul (In a state of disbelief as to how liberals destroyed America in a mere 40 years.)
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…the reasons we were unable to stop communism from spreading to South Vietnam.

Short answer:
Because we left.

After NVN and the VC were so badly beaten they could no longer field an effective combat force, they agreed to peace accords and we conducted an orderly departure.

With our departure, the left in our Democrat Congress refused to continue to continue to provide SVN with military support.

The NVN and the VC were able to rebuild their forces within 2 years whereupon they ignored the accords and invaded SVN.

Your son needs to realize, if he doesn't already, that the folks frantically climbing the stairs to the embassy rooftop and trying to get on the helicopters a few years after we left, were not US personnel but locals who had worked with the US earlier who were then in a new danger. Of course, the left marks that photo as evidence “we lost”.

17 posted on 02/20/2014 4:45:47 PM PST by frog in a pot (We are all "frogs in a pot" now. How and when will we real Americans jump out?)
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On Strategy: A Critical Analysis of the Vietnam War [Harry G. Summers]

Strategy for Defeat: Vietnam in Retrospect [U.S. Grant Sharp]

Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam [H. R. McMaster]


18 posted on 02/20/2014 4:48:48 PM PST by Pelham (If you don’t deport it’s amnesty by default.)
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Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam by Major General H. R. McMaster, an interesting look into the decision making process by the Johnson administration
We Were Soldiers Once...and Young: Ia Drang - The Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam by Lt. Colonel Harold Gregory (Hal) Moore & Joseph L. Galloway, gripping account of one of the early battles of the war, probably the most riveting combat experience book I have read.
19 posted on 02/20/2014 4:53:15 PM PST by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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Archimedes Patti was full of poop when it came to Ho Chi Minh. Ho was a founding member of the French Communist Party in 1920 and played Patti for a fool.


20 posted on 02/20/2014 4:54:05 PM PST by Pelham (If you don’t deport it’s amnesty by default.)
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