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The Resource Westmoreland : the general who lost Vietnam, Lewis Sorley

Westmoreland : the general who lost Vietnam, Lewis Sorley

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Westmoreland : the general who lost Vietnam
Title
Westmoreland
Title remainder
the general who lost Vietnam
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Lewis Sorley
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Language
eng
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Review
  • Sorley, a Vietnam vet and former academic, paints General Westmoreland as a stubborn man, promoted beyond his competence, who refused to change the course of the war despite all the evidence calling for change, squandered the trust of a nation, and spent his remaining days refuting critics. Sorley argues that he persisted in waging a war of attrition, ignoring the plight of the South Vietnamese people, paying lip service to morale while remaining oblivious to the human element, and seeking photo opportunities. His downfall was selling his optimism to an American people who were no longer buying it after the Tet Offensive in 1968. A micromanager, Westmoreland claimed to be a student of military history but was ignorant of significant facts of World War II. VERDICT This is an engrossing portrait and analysis of how the decisions of one military leader could impact the lives of so many. [See Prepub Alert, 4/11/11.]— P.M. --Patti McCall (Reviewed October 15, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 17, p95)
  • A military historian's harsh take on the career of the general most associated with America's most controversial war. An Eagle Scout, First Captain at the U.S. Military Academy, a combat veteran of World War II and Korea, Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division, Superintendent of West Point and, just before his retirement from the military, he served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. 1965's Time magazine Man of the Year, he addressed a Joint Session of Congress in 1967. Married for more than 50 years, he fathered three children. By almost any measure William C. Westmoreland's life (1914–2005) and career would be deemed successful. But he'll be forever defined by his tenure as commander of U.S. troops in Vietnam, where his strategy of attrition and his search-and-destroy tactics failed utterly to daunt the enemy and frustrated Americans at home who detected no progress in the war. Under Westmoreland's leadership, "the light at the end of the tunnel" never dawned. Although Sorley (A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and the Final Tragedy of America's Last Years in Vietnam, 1999, etc.) treats every aspect of the general's life, the bulk of the biography deals with the Vietnam years and the various controversies surrounding Westmoreland's command: his failure to properly arm and train the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, his obsession with body counts, his manipulation of the order of battle, his surprise at the 1968 Tet Offensive. Handsome and humorless, Westmoreland had a penchant for self-promotion, for playing to the press and for disguising stalemate as progress. In these respects, not to mention his successive requests for more troops, he resembles no one in our history more than Union Gen. George B. McClellan, although Westmoreland was, by all accounts, a decent man, more the tool than the antagonist of his civilian superiors. Westmoreland spent the 30 years of his retirement defending his actions in Vietnam, but his reputation never recovered. He authored a tendentious memoir, ran an amateurish and unsuccessful campaign for South Carolina's governorship and ignominiously settled a weak libel suit against CBS. The general's defenders will have their hands full answering Sorley's blistering indictment.(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2011)
Biography type
individual biography
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10016359
Cataloging source
DLC
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1934-
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Sorley, Lewis
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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  • Westmoreland, William C.
  • United States
  • Generals
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
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the general who lost Vietnam
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Westmoreland : the general who lost Vietnam, Lewis Sorley
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [313]-369) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
836846
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 395 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780547518268
Lccn
2011016067
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780547518268
  • (OCoLC)ocn694830152
Label
Westmoreland : the general who lost Vietnam, Lewis Sorley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [313]-369) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
836846
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 395 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780547518268
Lccn
2011016067
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780547518268
  • (OCoLC)ocn694830152

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