In This Review

America in Vietnam
America in Vietnam
By Guenter Lewy
Oxford University Press, 1978, 576 pp
Certain Victory: How Hanoi Won the War
Certain Victory: How Hanoi Won the War
By Denis Warner
Sheed Andrews & McMeel, 1978, 312 pp
Strategy for Defeat
Strategy for Defeat
By Admiral U.S.G. Sharp
Presidio Press, 1978, 324 pp

Three books which attest to the continuing interest in, if not need for, reassessing the Vietnam war in a calmer atmosphere. Guenter Lewy's is the most sophisticated and profound: on the basis of extensive research in documents, he argues that many of the accusations concerning the U.S. conduct of the war and the alleged atrocities were false; yet so were the underlying strategic assumptions. Denis Warner, an Australian journalist who has covered Asia for a quarter century, writes with much interesting factual detail, but fails to develop an overall theme. For Admiral Sharp, former Commander-in-Chief in the Pacific, there is a clear explanation: the war could have been won if the military had been left unfettered; but because of the policy of gradualism and bombing restrictions, the war was lost by the civilians in Washington.