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The Vietnam War was a tragic and dismal failureat least that is what the mainstream media and history books would have you believe. Yet, Phillip Jennings sets the record straight inThe Politically Incorrect Guide to the Vietnam War. In this latest "P.I.G.", Jennings shatters culturally-accepted myths and busts politically incorrect lies that liberal pundits and leftist professors have been telling you for years. The Vietnam War was the most importantand successfulcampaign to defeat Communism. Without the sacrifices made and the courage displayed by our military, the world might be a different place.The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Vietnam Warreveals the truth about the battles, players, and policies of one of the most controversial wars in U.S. history.
Phillip Jennings served as a marine captain in both Vietnam and Laos and wrote the critically-acclaimed book, Nam-A-Rama, which received several honors. Jennings also wrote Goodbye Mexico and won the Pirates Alley Falkner Society gold medal for short fiction. In addition to his literary achievements, Jennings is a Vietnam War lecturer at the University of Washington. He earned his B.A. in Business Administration from Oklahoma State and attended graduate school in Mexico City. Jennings lives in Kirkland, Washington.
Table of Contents
Why We Were in Vietnam
Vietnam 1954-1960 (Nation Building 101)
The playboy and the priest
Camelot It Was Not
Sideshow in Laos: Instructive history ignored
Vietnam: JFK's godchild
JFK's big adventure goes sour
The end of Diem
China Beach Blanket Bingo
Hey, hey, LBJ, how in the heck did you get us into this mess?
Air War Vietnam
Rolling (intermittent with light showers) Thunder, March 1965 to November 1968
Operation Barrel Roll, December 1964 to March 1973
Operation Steel Tiger, April 1965 to November 1968
The reason why
The missing (largely successful) years
Abrams, Bunker, Colby: The team that could
The old order changeth
The Phoenix Program
The handoff to Nixon-no more Mr. Nice Guy
The "secret" bombing
The Cambodian "Invasion"
The 1972 Christmas Bombing
The Anti-War Movement
"Oh, come on, were the Commies really that bad?"
"Jane, you ignorant slut." (Actually Dan Aykroyd to Jane Curtin on Saturday Night Live, but...)
Not the VFW
Six great myths of the Anti-War Movement
"The government of South Vietnam is corrupt and unworthy of our support"
"The Vietnam War is a civil war that needs to be decided by its own people"
"The American people don't support the war"
"The Vietnam war is a proxy war between the capitalist West and the Communist East"
"The war is immoral"
"It's an unwinnable war"
Vietnam Veteran-and proud of it
The best books about the war (an impossible list)
Summing up: Lessons learned
Remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy at the Conference on Vietnam
The Politically Incorrect GuideÖ to the Pentagon Papers
The Vietnamese View
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