The Myths Of Tet: The Most Misunderstood Event Of The Vietnam War
by Edwin Moise
- Air, Ground, & Naval Warfare, Vietnam & Korea
Late in 1967, U.S. officials pushed an optimistic view of the Vietnam War. Then came the Tet Offensive of 1968. Conventional wisdom-that it was a Communist military defeat but a political victory-is correct. But in The Myths of Tet, Edwin Moïse lays bare the hidden truths about this watershed campaign.
Moïse shows that Tet shocked the American public not because of its success but because of its sheer size-a fact obscured by the U.S. issuing low estimates of enemy strength to show that the war was being won. And he looks at the errors of the Communists, from gross failures of coordination to wild over-optimism about their chances for victory.
The Myths of Tet finally gains perspective on one of the turning points of the Vietnam War.
"Edwin Moïse reminds us anew in The Myths of Tet why he is so highly regarded as a scholar of the Vietnam War. Moïse gathers together the primary arguments and disputes that have raged over the 1968 Tet Offensive, teases out the evidence about each, and confronts all of them directly. His arguments are powerful and this book is a must read for everyone interested in the Vietnam War."-John Prados, author of Vietnam: The History of an Unwinnable War, 1945–1975
"This balanced and voluminously-sourced volume provides convincing evidence that the communist Tet Offensive was neither the superbly coordinated strategic surprise that some have claimed, nor was it the total and abject defeat of the Viet Cong that is so often described by others. Professor Moïse's book describes how and why wildly over-optimistic assessments of the situation by leaders on both sides, American and North Vietnamese, often in the face of clear and convincing evidence to the contrary, led to chaos, confusion, and the loss of so many lives on both sides."-Merle Pribbenow, translator of Victory in Vietnam: The Official History of the People's Army of Vietnam, 1954–1975
About the Author
Edwin E. Moïse is professor of history at Clemson University and a specialist in the history of China and Vietnam. His books include Tonkin Gulf and the Escalation of the Vietnam War, Modern China, and Historical Dictionary of the Vietnam War.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||November 21, 2017|