By R B Smith

Such a lot past books at the Vietnam struggle have noticeable it basically as an American army involvement within the affairs of a small Asian kingdom midway internationally. the current learn, deliberate to run to 4 volumes, seeks to re-evaluate the importance of the clash by way of taking a look at Vietnam as one point in a world strength video game. it's also the 1st critical try and examine the decision-making of each side concurrently, bearing on usa coverage to the tactic and strategies of the Communist part - and to the complex kin that existed among Hanoi, Moscow and Peking. 'It has regularly been not easy to not be emotional concerning the topic, in a single course or one other. Mr Smith has to be praised for having produced a ebook which doesn't indulge the emotion he surely feels. His foreign historical past of the Vietnam struggle is calm, concise, very good and useful' - William Shawcross, THES

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On his return in 1946 he and the Caodaist commander Tran Quang Vinh had been drawn into an alliance with the French Expeditionary Force, which over the next seven or eight years allowed them to expand their paramilitary army from twelve to over 50 'mobile brigades': more than 16,ooo fighting men and 18,ooo reserves. But even the Tay- 955-6 1 Ninh Caodaists were not completely united. In addition to the main army commanded by Nguyen Thanh Phuong (under Pham Cong Tac), a dissident force led by Trinh Minh The had by I954 abandoned the French alliance and taken to the maquis; it eventually began to collaborate with the American CIA.

President Eisenhower to Ngo Dinh Diem, 23 October 1954 The main point I made was that we had to accept the fact that Vietnam is now a free nation- at least the southern half of it is -and it has not got a puppet government. One can only hold free Vietnam with a government that is nationalistic and has a purpose of its own, and is responsive to the will of its own people .... And we have got to coordinate our policies to the acceptance of the fact that it is really a free and independent country.

L \~" oVINH 1 ( • p • '--------,. ,. _..... \ . ~" r' ---------.. ')j _. -,_ ) ,,...... "- \ "-1 ·t \ : \ I J . ---~\ __/ Pia1ne des SOUTH /~-VIETNAM CA~AT iAIGON Jo~ ':tr~BEN·TRE CA:Y CA-MAU 2/ MAP 1 Indochina after the Geneva Agreements of 1954 abandon Laos altogether and so allow the Mekong River to become the line defended by SEATO. In the event it proved difficult for them to resist the temptation to draw Laos, and if possible even Cambodia, into the SEATO framework.

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