Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam
“Westmoreland is a great book, a classic by an author who knows his subject well and tells the story without hesitation.” — General Donn A. Starry, U.S. Army (ret.), Commander, Army Training and Doctrine Command (1977–1981)
Is it possible that the riddle of America’s military failure in Vietnam has a one-word, one-man answer?
Unless and until we understand General William Westmoreland, we will never understand what went wrong in Vietnam. An Eagle Scout at fifteen, First Captain of his West Point class, Westmoreland fought in two wars and became Superintendent at West Point. Then he was chosen to lead the war effort in Vietnam for four crucial years.
He proved a disaster. He could not think creatively about unconventional warfare, chose an unavailing strategy, stuck to it in the face of all opposition, and stood accused of fudging the results when it mattered most. In this definitive portrait, Lewis Sorley makes a plausible case that the war could have been won were it not for Westmoreland. The tragedy of William Westmoreland carries lessons not just for Vietnam, but for the future of American leadership.
Westmoreland is essential reading from a masterly historian.
- Author: Lewis Sorley
- Publication Date: 2011-10-11
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Product Group: Book
- Manufacturer: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Binding: Hardcover, 416 pages
- Package Dimensions:
- Dimensions: 920L x 610W x 150H
- Weight: 150
- List Price: $30.00
- ISBN: 0547518269
- ASIN: B00AZ9GNCA
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