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Phoenix and the birds of prey : counterinsurgency and counterterrorism in Vietnam

Author: Mark Moyar
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : Bison Books edView all editions and formats
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Exposes prevailing myths about the Phoenix Program, the CIA's top-secret effort, to destroy the Viet Cong by neutralizing its "civilian" leaders. The author examines the program's attempts to eradicate the Viet Cong infrastructure and analyzes it's effectiveness. Combining social and political history with a study of military operations, the author details the crucial role the shadow government played in the Viet  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Moyar
ISBN: 9780803216020 0803216025
OCLC Number: 156751182
Notes: Previously published: Phoenix and the birds of prey : the CIA's secret campaign to destroy the Viet Cong. Annapolis, Md : Naval Institute Press, c1997.
Description: xxii, 448 p., [20] p. of plates : ill., map ; 23 cm.
Contents: Vietnam at war : before Phoenix --
The shadow government and the Viet Cong --
The shadow government and the people --
The war against the shadow government : before Phoenix --
The new attack on the shadow government --
Targets --
Informants and agents --
Prisoners : interrogation, torture, and execution --
Ralliers, documents, and photographs --
Misinformation --
The challenge : Phoenix centers --
Attempts to make Phoenix and Phung Hoang work --
Other intelligence and operations coordination --
The nature of operations --
The birds of prey --
The South Vietnamese --
The Americans --
Neutralization of non-Communist civilians --
Assassinations --
Neutralization statistics --
Actual Viet Cong cadre losses --
Additional setbacks for the shadow government --
The shadow government in decline --
Abuse of the population --
Changing attitudes --
The impact of the new attitudes --
Theories of revolutionary warfare --
Reflections --
Lessons learned.
Responsibility: Mark Moyar ; foreword by Harry G. Summers Jr. ; with a new preface and chapter by the author.
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Drawing on declassified documents and interviews with more than one hundred US, South Vietnamese, and North Vietnamese sources, this book dissects the various attempts to eradicate the Viet Cong  Read more...

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"A groundbreaking piece of revisionist history on the war." Senator James Webb, Wall Street Journal "Phoenix and the Birds of Prey is the definitive work on the Phoenix program to date, and will Read more...

 
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