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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Currey, Cecil B.
Victory at any cost.
Washington [DC] : Brassey's, c1997
|Named Person:||Nguyên Giáp Võ; Võ-nguyên-Giáp|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Cecil B Currey
|Description:||xxii, 401 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||Pt. 1. An Xa, 1911-40: --
"The making of a revolutionary" --
"We did not know how to fight" --
"They set their hopes on the same cause" --
pt. 2. Ha Noi, 1941-46: --
"Neither soft nor warm" --
"Each man was a soldier" --
"Boundless was our joy" --
"Welcome to our American friends --
"We shall resort to arms" --
"We must be realistic" --
"Fight to the last drop of blood" --
pt. 3. Dien Ben Phu, 1946-54: --
"Brandish the banner of National independence" --
"It was an extremely hard war" --
"We had to cross thirty streams" --
"The sweat and muscle of our soldiers" --
"In the heart of the battlefield" --
pt. 4. Saigon, 1955-91: --
"The party committed serious errors" --
"Absolute secrecy and security were our watchwords" --
"Only philosophers talk of laws" --
"Washington cannot see the end of the tunnel" --
"Rivers may dry up and mountains may erode" --
"They've had me in my grave a dozen times" --
"The memories have not faded" --
|Responsibility:||Cecil B. Currey.|
defeat the Japanese. He then drove the French out of Viet Nam, crushing them in 1954 at Dien Bien Phu. One of history's great epic battles, it foretold the end of Western colonialism. Twenty-one years later, the United States lost its first war when Saigon fell. Until now, reports of Giap's life story have been a patchwork of erroneous information and larger-than-life legends. Even his date of birth has been misreported. Victory at Any Cost is the only thoroughly.
documented and complete biography of Giap from his birth through his schooling; his exile in China; his complex relationships with the French, Ho Chi Minh, and the contentious Communist Party; his early role as journalist and propagandist; his development of a victorious peasant army; and his genius at defeating superior forces. Giap cooperated, but Victory at Any Cost also tells the full story of his mistakes and his ruthless commitment of Vietnamese lives and.
resources. His genius lay in his ability to learn, to modify his tactics, and to motivate a whole nation to fight to the death and sacrifice everything for victory. Giap fought three of the world's great powers over three decades. He won.