By Andrew Wiest,Jim Webb
2009 Society for army heritage wonderful ebook Award for Biography
Vietnam’s Forgotten military: Heroism and Betrayal within the ARVN chronicles the lives of Pham Van Dinh and Tran Ngoc Hue, of the brightest younger stars within the military of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN). either males fought with valor in a struggle that appeared to don't have any finish, exemplifying ARVN bravery and resolution that's principally forgotten or overlooked within the West. despite the fact that, whereas Hue fought till he was once captured through the North Vietnamese military after which persevered 13 years of captivity, Dinh surrendered and defected to the enemy, for whom he served as a instructor within the reeducation of his former ARVN comrades.
An realizing of ways lives that have been so comparable diverged so dramatically presents a lens wherein to appreciate the ARVN and South Vietnam’s advanced courting with Americas executive and army. The lives of Dinh and Hue mirror the ARVNs battlefield successes, from the recapture of the castle in Hue urban within the Tet Offensive of 1968, to Dinhs unheralded position within the seizure of Hamburger Hill a yr later. although, their careers disclose an ARVN that was once over-politicized, tactically fallacious, and depending on American logistical and firepower aid. Marginalized inside an American battle, ARVN confronted a grim destiny as U.S. forces started to go out the clash. because the constitution of the ARVN/U.S. alliance unraveled, Dinh and Hue have been left by myself to take advantage of tough judgements in their lives.
Andrew Wiest weaves old research with a compelling narrative, culled from vast interviews with Dinh, Hue, and different key figures. as soon as either army superstars, Dinh is seen by means of a traitor by means of many in the South Vietnamese neighborhood, whereas Hue, an expatriate dwelling in northern Virginia, is visible as a hero who by no means allow move of his beliefs. Their studies and legacies replicate that of the ARVNs upward thrust and fall in addition to the tragic background of South Vietnam.
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Vietnam's Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN by Andrew Wiest,Jim Webb