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Phoenix and the birds of prey : the CIA's secret campaign to destroy the Viet Cong

Author: Mark Moyar
Publisher: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, ©1997.
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For more than thirty years the mere mention of the Phoenix Program, the CIA's top-secret effort to destroy the Viet Cong by neutralizing its "civilian" leaders, has conjured up dark images of secret assassinations, kidnappings, and the torture of civilians by the South Vietnamese and their U.S. advisers. This study explodes many of the prevailing myths and perceptions of the program and the myriad efforts that until
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Moyar, Mark, 1971-
Phoenix and the birds of prey.
Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, ©1997
(OCoLC)605420372
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Moyar
ISBN: 1557505934 9781557505934
OCLC Number: 36112249
Description: xx, 416 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / Harry G. Summers, Jr. --
pt. 1. Origins. 1. Vietnam at war: before Phoenix. 2. The shadow government and the Viet Cong. 3. The shadow government and the people. 4. The war against the shadow government: before Phoenix. 5. The new attack on the shadow government --
pt. 2. Intelligence. 6. Targets. 7. Informants and agents. 8. Prisoners: interrogation, torture, and execution. 9. Ralliers, documents, and photographs. 10. Misinformation --
pt. 3. Coordination. 11. The challenge: Phoenix centers. 12. Attempts to make Phoenix and Phung Hoang work. 13. Other intelligence and operations coordination --
pt. 4. Operations. 14. The nature of operations. 15. The birds of prey. 16. The South Vietnamese. 17. The Americans.
Responsibility: Mark Moyar.

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