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Author Veith, George J., 1957- author.

Title Drawn swords in a distant land : South Vietnam's shattered dreams / George J. Veith.

Publication Info. New York : Encounter Books, 2021.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    959.7043 VEI    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First American edition.
Description xiv, 632 pages, 12 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 567-573) and index.
Contents "The best days of my life" : The rise of the Republic of Vietnam -- "If the army was weak, the regime would be weak" : The struggle for supremacy -- "Either Diem changed his policies, or we would change Diem" : Death of the Republic -- "Representing all Nationalist tendencies" : Duong Van Minh charts a new course -- "The Earth is round. We will meet again one day" : The countercoup of Nguyen Khanh -- "A real military government needed" : Reaping what they sowed -- "We are fed up with coups" : The return to civilian rule -- "I want to truly change the lives of the people" : New leadership -- "Only one shot for madness to follow" : The long first year of Nguyen Cao Ky -- "Rice is as important as bullets" : Building the country -- "This Constitution is officially and legally adopted" : Showdown with the Directorate -- "From the moment I take office, I belong to you" : Birth of the Second Republic -- "This is our country" : Defeating the Tet offensive -- "A country that cannot organize itself is not a country" : Thieu breaks his chains -- "This conference will decide the fate of my nation" : Searching for peace -- "We who run this country are not warlords or warmongers" : Thieu offers peace -- "Long haul, low cost" : Thieu proposes a new strategy -- "We seldom understood the financial costs of victory" : Finding economic security -- "The war will fade away" : Fanciful notions and other thoughts -- "Thieu over-reached himself" : Laos, the election, and the beginning of the end -- "Only a step between me and death" : The Easter Offensive and the Paris Accords -- "We must keep our hands firmly on our guns" : In the shadow of peace -- "The war has begun again" : South Vietnam starts to unravel -- "I will draw out my sword" : Diplomacy's final dance.
Summary "Drawn Swords showcases the rise and fall of South Vietnam. This book highlights the South Vietnamese effort to build and defend their country, while weaving in the policy decisions made in Washington and Hanoi that signifcantly influenced the course of the war. A huge historical gap exists in understanding the motivations and policies of the Saigon government, mainly due to old ideological blinders, misinformation, and outright lies. By providing the South Vietnamese story and perspectives, Drawn Swords sets the record straight and offers the first detailed overview of their successes and failures in the democratic experiment known as the Republic of Vietnam. Many books have aptly chronicled the presidency of Ngo Dinh Diem, but few scholars have delved deeply into the years following the coup. This has left a tremendous historical void. Thus, this publication explores the presidency of Nguyen Van Thieu, the American withdrawal, and the eventual fall of the Second Republic of Vietnam. Equally important, Drawn Swords provides fascinating new evidence on how the Diem coup was almost halted, the backroom maneuvering that allowed Thieu to run for the president over Nguyen Cao Ky, and the true story behind the infamous "Anna Chennault Affair," one that shows that Richard Nixon was not the instigator of a plot to win the 1968 election. Even more explosive, Drawn Swords provides the incredible details on the last, great, secret of the Vietnam War: a plot during the last days of the war by France, in conjunction with one of Hanoi's allies, to prevent North Vietnam from conquering Saigon. This previously unknown scheme, along with many other fascinating new insights, sheds fresh light on the tumultuous struggle called the Vietnam War"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Vietnam (Republic) -- History.
Nguyễn, Văn Thiệu, 1923-2001.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
Vietnam (Republic) -- Politics and government.
ISBN 9781641771726 (hardcover)
1641771720 (hardcover)
9781641771733 (ebook)

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