A Better War The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America s Last Years in Vietnam Neglected by scholars and journalists alike the years of conflict in Vietnam from to offer surprises not only about how the war was fought but about what was achieved Drawing from thousand

  • Title: A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam
  • Author: Lewis Sorley
  • ISBN: 9780156013093
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Paperback
  • Neglected by scholars and journalists alike, the years of conflict in Vietnam from 1968 to 1975 offer surprises not only about how the war was fought, but about what was achieved Drawing from thousands of hours of previously unavailable and still classified tape recorded meetings between the highest levels of the American military command in Vietnam, A Better War is anNeglected by scholars and journalists alike, the years of conflict in Vietnam from 1968 to 1975 offer surprises not only about how the war was fought, but about what was achieved Drawing from thousands of hours of previously unavailable and still classified tape recorded meetings between the highest levels of the American military command in Vietnam, A Better War is an insightful, factual, and superbly documented history of these final years Through his exclusive access to authoritative materials, award winning historian Lewis Sorley highlights the dramatic differences in conception, conduct, and at least for a time results between the early and later years of the war Among his most important findings is that while the war was being lost at the peace table and in the U.S Congress, the soldiers were winning on the ground Meticulously researched and movingly told, A Better War sheds new light on the Vietnam War.

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    1. At best, Lewis Sorley's A Better War reads like a literate, peppy, reality-challenged Pentagon press release from the early '70s. Most of the book shamelessly fluffs the reputation of Creighton Abrams, who in Sorley's view salvaged America's debacle in Vietnam until the liberals and hippies snatched it back. This Abrams is a veritable Godhead capable of no wrong or ill thought: he's compassionate about the Vietnamese, passionate about good intelligence, appalled by unnecessary civilian casualtie [...]

    2. Revisionist account of the final years of the American involvement in Vietnam. Introduces Creighton Abrams, better known to Americans as the namesake of a tank, as a historical figure in his own right. The author argues that Abrams effectively learned the lessons from Westmoreland's earlier failures,and had essentially won the war on the ground by 1971. The strength and the weakness of this book is its focus on the decision-making process within the MACV command and staff itself. Most histories [...]

    3. This book is very factual and informative--especially to someone like me, who was vaguely surprised to recall that General Abrams existed--but very biased. While Sorley makes no attempt to hide his bias, referring often to "the enemy" instead of the Vietcong or the North Vietnamese, I found it very distracting. His conclusion is that the war could have been won, but Americans at home lost their nerve. The only support he provides for this argument is evidence of a turn around in the effectivenes [...]

    4. I read this in my ongoing quest to really understand Vietnam, and counter-insurgency operations. I also read it as I had always heard it was on the bookshelves of political and military officials during the Iraq War.To reiterate a previous review, this book does fill a void other works leave out- the Vietnam era after Tet. Most other histories of Vietnam cover the buildup, Westmoreland, and "Vietnamization." So, this book is quite informative in understanding the combat operations that were occu [...]

    5. Lewis Sorley’s “A Better War” is a book that compares and contrasts the two major command strategies of the US military during the Vietnam War. The strategies of the on-site commanders – one directed by General William Westmoreland and the other by General Creighton Abrams – could not have been more different. Westmoreland fashioned his strategy around conventional forces, even though it was a jungle war; his aim was killing off the enemy as fast as possible – search and destroy. Abr [...]

    6. "When America defaulted south Vietnam was doomed"Yes, there are those "revisionary" people who believe the US could have won the Vietnam war. Sorley believes so. As commander Creighton Abrams replaced the "floundering" William Westmoreland in early 1968, there was a significant improvement in the military position of the US in Vietnam; the problem, according to Sorley, was the peace process thereafter [1972].

    7. I had two civilian tours in Viet-Nam before General Abrams succeeded General Westmoreland, so much of the material that Colonel Sorley reviews was news to me. The book is well written. Colonel Sorley has an axe to grind - that under Abrams the war was winnable, indeed was being won - and he grinds it well, with compelling facts. Whether the war itself was a wise use of American power is not his field. I recommend this book as a good examination of a period that people in large part want to put b [...]

    8. This fantastic book corrects many of the misconceptions about the war in Vietnam. For example, as Sorley explains, "There came a time when the war was won." The US military was not defeated in Vietnam. Though forced to fight with their hands tied---and never to "win"--our armed services inflicted defeat after defeat on the armies of North Vietnam. More importantly, after General Creighton Abrams succeeded General Westmoreland in command of US forces in Vietnam, the US strategy changed, and for t [...]

    9. This is, more or less, Creighton Abram's version of the history of the Vietnam War--or, at least, the latter half of it, when he was in command. The author begins by pointing out that most of the famous accounts of the Vietnam war focus heavily on the first half, when pretty much nothing went right. The author (and, by implication, Abrams) make a plea for recognizing that there is more to the story.The author describes how he got access to never-before-used recordings of Abrams' command and staf [...]

    10. Lewis Sorley's excellent work deals with the final stage of the war in Vietnam following the Tet Offensive of 1968. Sorley paints a picture of the strategy that was conceived to turn the war around, and reveals that it worked. Ultimately, the effort in Southeast was doomed to fail because years of faulty strategy and policy had understandably eroded public support for the war. By the time General Creighton Abrams ascended to the command of MACV he was managing the war with ever decreasing levels [...]

    11. Very good study of counter insurgency in Vietnam. I was interested in this book and Baghdad Surprise to better understand the possibilities and pitfalls of the current war in Afghanistan. I now feel as though I have a good sense of what strategy/tactics wins and loses these type of conflicts. It was a complete surprise to me (even after reading dozens of books on the Vietnam conflict) how much Abrams and the South Vietnamese had accomplished by 1972. If you think Vietnam and/or Afganistan can no [...]

    12. This is an important book. It deals with the"forgotten" part of the Vietnam war, the part where our strategy was succeeding. It may be impossible to tell if we could have ever actually "won" that war, but we did better than the histories of the time would have. This was to the credit of a deeply unappreciated military leader, GEN Creighton Abrams. Today GEN Stanley McChrystal is reading the book and it is doubtless shaping his ideas about Afghanistan. I have deep reservations if the number of tr [...]

    13. I agree with Stephen's review of July 18,2012 - the big detractor in this book is the author's close association with General Abrams.But I give Mr. Sorley great kudos for the very informative and lucid expository account of the portion of the Vietnam War he chose for the subject of this book. For that alone, this book is worth the read.

    14. Incredible work that shows the frictions between a 4 star headquarters, the Pentagon and national civilian leaders engaged in a politically difficult war. Given the detail of the interactions between the echelons of command, the examination of repeated requests for forces, resources and authorities by the commander in combat and their reception at the Pentagon and by elected officials this is a must read for the military professional serving in contemporary four star war fighting commands.

    15. Sorley, a Vietnam veteran, obtained access to classified recordings of Abrams' staff conferences, which have led him to conclude that the war in Vietnam had essentially been won by Abrams' concentration on counterinsurgency operations, as opposed to big unit clashes.

    16. In the spring of 1968, the United States stood at a crossroads in Vietnam. After three years of fighting the Vietcong (South Vietnamese communist guerrillas) and NVA (North Vietnamese Army) in South Vietnam, a military victory did not appear to be imminent. The communist Tet Offensive on January 30, 1968 shattered any optimistic military reports that the United States was on its way to achieving victory in the near future. At home, public support for the war was weakening and was a determining f [...]

    17. This is a very serious book. It's packed with detail and analysis from previously unrevealed sources and first-hand interviews. That's both a good and bad thing. Good because Sorley makes his case very well, bad because sometimes the detail gets a bit monotonous and tedious. But, overall, this is a fine book that is sure to challenge some commonly held beliefs about the Vietnam War.As the subtitle makes clear, Sorley deals exclusively with the latter half of the war, namely from General Creighto [...]

    18. Even before I read this book, I didn't believe the standard media narrative about the Vietnam War (i.e that the effort to defend the Republic of Vietnam was doomed to failure and that the war was essentially over after the Tet Offensive of 1968). Still, the book is a real eye opener. Sorley makes a compelling case that the new approach taken by General Creighton Abrams and Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker after the 1968 Tet Offensive was a success. The war was essentially won at the end of 1972, desp [...]

    19. An excellent book that exposes the bias in the popular media and the slanted coverage by same. Like most Americans, I was too young (or not born yet) to be a conscious witness to this conflict, and have relied on contemporary stories/reporting to form most of my views on the Vietnam conflict. This book opened my eyes to the real decisions and policies of the ranking officers and politicians that had direct impact upon the execution of the forces involved in the conflict to resist the Communist N [...]

    20. This book needs to be read by many people. I am an Army Vet.1969-1971. I was state side the whole two years. I was one month shy of by 19th birthday when I went and I was one month shy of my 21st birthday when I got out. It was two years of growing up fast,furious, and sometimes against my will. I was a bitter many child when I got out.mply because there were too many lies.o much fakeryo much of everything that wasn't what I considered honest to goodness common sense in everyday Americana Vietna [...]

    21. This is one of those books you've got to put some caveats on. It's clearly biased. It's told from the point of view that Creighton Abrahms, who took over command in Vietnam after the disastrous policies of Westmoreland and McNamara, had the right of it and by 1972 had actually won the war, a victory which the politicians and American public proceeded to throw away (a true "stab in the back"). The book relies heavily on Abrahms and his inner circle and doesn't bring in any dissenting sources.Havi [...]

    22. I read this years ago (the indicated date is a blind guess), but was just reminded of its existence and want to be sure to share my recommendation. A Better War is a necessary corrective to the prevailing, oft-told, historically inaccurate version of the history of South Vietnam. A professor from the War College thoroughly documents -- from American records, North Vietnamese records, and interviews with surviving commanders of our former enemies --the story of how America changed it's strategy i [...]

    23. Most of the histories written about the Vietnam War end soon after the Tet Offensive of 1968. For example, Sorley points out that Sheehan's book "A Bright Shining Lie" devotes 725 to events through Tet - 65 pages to the rest of the war. Karnow's "Vietnam: A History" does not get beyond Tet until page 567 of 670 - and does not list General Creighton Abrams among his "Cast of Principal Characters" although Abrams commanded in Vietnam from 1968 to the end and turned things around drastically. The e [...]

    24. Phenomenal read, exposes the bitter truths of an unpopular war; but who cares about "popularity," none of that matters to the troop in the field and the American citizen owes their support and loyalty to every single boot on the ground as long as they are they, politics should not get in the way of admiring/supporting/respecting/taking care of the men and women that answered their nation's call. Argue about who, why, why and when later; but while it is going on there should be nothing but suppor [...]

    25. I picked up this book because of its focus on the post-Tet offensive period when my father served in Vietnam. The book confirmed much that I have learned over the years by listening to him talk about his experience. Most poignantly the book chronicles the dramatic success achieved by General Abrams, Ambassador Bunker and William Colby in reconfiguring American strategy, and the betrayal of that success by a craven U.S. Congress. As someone who believes that our involvement in Vietnam was justifi [...]

    26. The author begins the book where most historians end - at the 1968 Tet Offensive. The author, through extensive and scholarly research, shows how the U.S. essentially went on to win the Vietnam War, but gave away the victory. Those of us who lived through this period may feel betrayed by politicians, media personalities, and "intellectual" who had a vested interest in seeing the U.S. lose the war. But, the South Vietnamese will probably feel the most betrayed as they saw the U.S. fail to comply [...]

    27. Most of the standard works on the Vietnam conflict stop after the Tet offensive of 1968. Sorley picks up the narrative after Tet and follows it through the the final bitter betrayal of the people of South Vietnam. There is no doubt that the regime that took over after the defeat of America's surrogate plunged Vietnam into another year zero. A well written and well illustrated look at this "dirty little war".

    28. Sorley puts forth a compelling argument in this book: The U.S. military was successful in Vietnam. It could even be argued that victory was achieved. Politics handicapped military efforts during the war and eventually lost the peace. This is a must read for anyone interested in this period of history. It should also be a must read for politicians. Vietnam is an example where naivete and/or fear of making unpopular decisions led to tragedy.

    29. Vaguely, I finished it, can't say it was the most interesting.About halfway felt like repetition and I was certainly lost focus in trying to keep track any of the successes and failures of Vietnam after the Tet Offensive. It is a book worth looking into if you want to get insight on explanations on the American's military style at the time.

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