DERELICTION OF DUTY OR THE WRONG WAR? Learning the Lessons of Vietnam

Bowie Jr., Thomas G.
March 1999
War, Literature & the Arts: An International Journal of the Huma;Spring/Summer1999, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p228
Academic Journal
Comments on the defeat of the US in the Vietnam War. Lack of direction in the US strategy in the war; Attribution of the loss to the failure of civilian policy-makers; Examination of the reasons for the involvement of the US in the war.


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