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Pacification : The American Struggle For Vietnam's Hearts And Minds - Richard A. Hunt

Pacification

The American Struggle For Vietnam's Hearts And Minds

Paperback Published: 27th February 1998
ISBN: 9780813334592
Number Of Pages: 371

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During the Vietnam War, the United States embarked on an unusual crusade on behalf of the government of South Vietnam. Known as the pacification program, it sought to help South Vietnam's government take root and survive as an independent, legitimate entity by defeating communist insurgents and promoting economic development and political reforms. In this book, Richard Hunt provides the first comprehensive history of America's "battle for hearts and minds," the distinctive blending of military and political approaches that took aim at the essence of the struggle between North and South Vietnam.Hunt concentrates on the American role, setting pacification in the larger political context of nation building. He describes the search for the best combination of military and political action, incorporating analysis of the controversial Phoenix program, and illuminates the difficulties the Americans encountered with their sometimes reluctant ally. The author explains how hard it was to get the U.S. Army involved in pacification and shows the struggle to yoke divergent organizations (military, civilian, and intelligence agencies) to serve one common goal. The greatest challenge of all was to persuade a surrogate--the Saigon government--to carry out programs and to make reforms conceived of by American officials.The book concludes with a careful assessment of pacification's successes and failures. Would the Saigon government have flourished if there had been more time to consolidate the gains of pacification? Or was the regime so fundamentally flawed that its demise was preordained by its internal contradictions? This pathbreaking book offers startling and provocative answers to these and other important questions about our Vietnam experience.

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Acronymsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
An Insurgency Beginsp. 4
Insurgency Unchecked, 1961-1965p. 16
The War and the "Other War," 1965-1966p. 31
Not by Force Alone: The U. S. Army in Pacificationp. 45
The Search for Solutionsp. 63
Unifying American Support of Pacificationp. 82
The Early Days of CORDS, May-December 1967p. 99
Leverage: CORDS's Quest for Better Performancep. 121
The Tet Offensive and Pacificationp. 133
What Next?p. 144
Abrams in Command: Military Support of the APCp. 172
The Impact of the APCp. 193
New Directionsp. 208
One War or Business as Usual?p. 221
The Phoenix Program: The Best-Laid Plansp. 234
The Ambiguous Achievements of Pacificationp. 252
The End of an Experimentp. 269
A Note on Sourcesp. 281
Notesp. 283
About the Book and Authorp. 335
Indexp. 337
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ISBN: 9780813334592
ISBN-10: 0813334594
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 371
Published: 27th February 1998
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1