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Book On Vietnam

Re Peter’s query on The Corner about a good book on Vietnam: I recommend “A Better War” by Lewis Sorley. It confirms my own belief that we were getting the upper hand by 1969. I have a bumper sticker that says, “I don’t know what happened. When I left, we were winning.” I also like Peter Braestrup’s “Big Story” on the media in Vietnam. And don’t miss Hal Moore’s “We Were Soldiers Once…and Young” on the Ia Drang battles of Nov. 1965, the first big fight between the US Army and the PAVN. Several years ago, I did a review essay of Vietnam books for Joint Forces Quarterly. This is available online for those who might be interested.

Mackubin Thomas Owens is senior national security fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) in Philadelphia, editing its journal Orbis from 2008 to 2020. A Marine Corps infantry veteran of the Vietnam War, he was a professor of national-security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College from 1987 to 2015. He is the author of US Civil–Military Relations after 9/11: Renegotiating the Civil-Military Bargain.

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