|Vietnam Chronicles : The Abrams Tapes, 1968-1972 (2004, Hardcover) VG+++ 1ST ED|
Brookfield, CT, USA
|Vietnam Chronicles : The Abrams Tapes, 1968-1972 (2004, Hardcover)|
|During the four years General Creighton W. Abrams was commander in Vietnam, he and his staff made more than 455 tape recordings of briefings and meetings. In 1994, with government approval, Lewis Sorley began transcribing and analyzing the tapes. Sorley's laborious, time-consuming effort has produced a picture of the senior U.S. commander in Vietnam and his associates working to prosecute a complex and challenging military campaign in an equally complex and difficult political context. The concept of the nature of the war and the way it was conducted changed during Abrams's command. The progressive buildup of U.S. forces was reversed, and Abrams became responsible for turning the war back to the South Vietnamese. The edited transcriptions in this volume clearly reflect those changes in policy and strategy. They include briefings called the Weekly Intelligence Estimate Updates as well as meetings with such visitors as the secretary of defense, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other high-ranking officials. In Vietnam Chronicles we see, for the first time, the difficult task that Creighton Abrams accomplished with tact and skill.|
Marie-Louise Victoire de Donnissan, Marquise de la Rochejaquelein (1772–1857) was brought up at Versailles, a god-daughter to Louis XVI. At the outbreak of the French Revolution, she married her cousin, the Marquis de Lescure. After the execution of the king, she accompanied Lescure to La Vende where a Royalist insurrection was waged from 1793 to 1796. Widowed in 1793, she later married Lescure's cousin, Louis, Marquis de La Rochejacquelein, brother of one of the Royalist leaders. Her memoir, first published in 1815 and translated and reprinted many times, remains one of the most authentic records of this period. Although understandably partisan, she reports atrocities carried out by both sides with great immediacy. This reissue is taken from the 1827 Edinburgh edition, with a preface by Sir Walter Scott. Scott draws parallels between the Venden insurrection and the civil war in Scotland waged by the Covenanters.
When General Creighton W. Abrams left his position as commander, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV), to become Army Chief of Staff in 1972, he took with him certain highly classified material relating to his service in Vietnam. In 1994, with government and military approval and support, Lewis Sorley gained access to General Abrams's material and began the transcription and analysis of the more than 455 tape recordings made at Headquarters MACV during the four years Abrams was in command.
|Number Of Pages||912 pages|
|Series||Modern Southeast Asia Ser.|
|Publisher||Texas Tech University Press|
|LC Classification Number||DS558.V478 2004|
|Edited by||Lewis Sorley|