Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam
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This is a terrific book, lively and brisk, and surprisingly interesting. How could this deeply flawed, limited man rise so high in the U.S. Army? This will be the definitive book on Westmoreland, and a must read for anyone who tries to understand the Vietnam War.
-Thomas E. Ricks, author of Fiasco and The Gamble
Lewis Sorley's brilliant portrait of General Westmoreland helps us understand why our war lasted so long and ended as it did. This is biography at its finest.
- Bui Diem, South Vietnamese Ambassador to the United States (1967-1972)
A riveting history of how ambition corrupted soldierly virtues and led to slyness, hubris and national disaster. A scorching indictment of how generals covered up for each other.-Bing West, author of THE WRONG WAR: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan To understand the Vietnam War in its totality one must logically try to understand General Westmoreland. Dr. Lewis Sorley has made an enormous contribution by revealing General Westmoreland's complex personality and the role it played in U.S. foreign policy.-Melvin R. Laird, former Secretary of Defense and nine-term Member of Congress Reaching beyond the surface to penetrate the enigma of General William C. Westmoreland, Lewis Sorley gathers the recollections of Westy's Army colleagues, the man's personal papers, and official records to tell the story of a general who has remained opaque despite the many debates over his role in the Vietnam war. Eye-opening and sometimes maddening, Sorley's Westmoreland is not to be missed. -John Prados, author of Vietnam: The History of an Unwinnable War