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Valley of Death: The Tragedy at Dien Bien Phu That Led America into the Vietnam War

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Valley of Death: The Tragedy at Dien Bien Phu That Led America into the Vietnam War

Valley of Death: The Tragedy at Dien Bien Phu That Led America into the Vietnam War By Ted Morgan
Publisher: Ran dom Ho use 2010 | 752 Pages | ISBN: 1400066646 | PDF + EPUB | 5 MB + 5 MB


Pulitzer-winning journalist Morgan (Reds) synergizes a comprehensive spectrum of overlooked sources in this magisterial analysis of the 1954 French defeat at Dien Bien Phu and its consequences. The battle ended French colonial rule in Indochina and set the stage for American involvement in Vietnam, as unwanted initially as it was tragic in the end. The French, in November 1953, decided to establish a base in the remote valley of Dien Bien Phu. They were convinced the garrison could be supplied and supported by air, and Vietminh reaction thwarted by the roadless mountains and impenetrable jungles. Both assumptions were mistaken. Morgan, himself a veteran of the French army, eloquently describes the envelopment, the strangling, and the crushing of the French garrison by a people's army of Vietnamese peasants in the face of no less determined defenders. Reframing the battle, often viewed as a French folly, Morgan calls Dien Bien Phu one of the great epics of military endurance by both sides. His book is a fitting tribute to the men who wrote that epic.

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