Lost Victory: A Firsthand Account Of America's Sixteen-Year Involvement In Vietnam

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Lost Victory: A Firsthand Account Of America's Sixteen-Year Involvement In Vietnam

By William Colby, with James McCargar
Contemporary Books, 1989
391 pp. $22.95
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Much of the author's distinguished career in the CIA involved Vietnam-both as an officer in the field and high official in Washington. In this passionate memoir he argues that a stable noncommunist South Vietnam could have been established had not the United States toppled President Ngo Dinh Diem, if more sustained effort had been devoted to providing security for the villagers, and if the United States had been able to follow through on the defeat of the Vietcong's Tet Offensive in 1968. Maybe-maybe not.

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