In This Review

A Soldier Reports
A Soldier Reports
By General William C. Westmoreland
Dell, 1980, 605 pp

Originally published by Doubleday in 1976, this personal and detailed chronicle is almost entirely devoted to a history of the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War from the vantage point of one of America's top-ranking generals on the scene. Providing an account of his role in Vietnam during the mid-to-late 1960s-as well as describing the military career which led him to this point-the author offers some insight into the reasoning behind many of his decisions, and at the same time gives his views on Washington's motivations. He is strongly critical of the indecisiveness of Washington civilian policymakers and the lack of discipline and poor leadership of the South Vietnamese.