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General Vo Nguyen Giap was the commander in chief of the communist armed forces during two of his country's most difficult conflicts—the first against Vietnam's colonial masters, the French, and the second against the most powerful nation on earth, the United States. After long and bloody conflicts, he defeated both Western powers and their Vietnamese allies, forever changing modern warfare. In Giap, military historian James A. Warren dives deep into the conflict to bring to life a revolutionary general and reveal the groundbreaking strategies that defeated world powers against incredible odds. Synthesizing ideas and tactics from an extraordinary range of sources, Giap was one of the first to realize that war is more than a series of battles between two armies and that victory can be won through the strength of a society's social fabric. As America's wars in the Middle East rage on, this is an important and timely look at a man who was a master at defeating his enemies even as they thought they were winning.
Praise for Giap: The General Who Defeated America in Vietnam
“A welcome, readable, and concise history of the corps' past 60 years.” —The Washington Post on American Spartans
“Warren makes a very useful contribution to the lively ongoing debate on the role, creation, training, and use of elite troops.” —Booklist on American Spartans
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About the author
James A. Warren
James A. Warren is a military historian and writer specializing in modern American military history. He has written books on the Vietnam War and the Cold War and contributed the chapter on the Vietnam War to The Atlas of American Military History. His reviews and articles have appeared in MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, as well as in Society and The Providence Journal. He lives in Providence, R.I.