Drawing on a wealth of new evidence from all sides, Triumph
Forsaken, first published in 2007, overturns most of the historical
orthodoxy on the Vietnam War. Through the analysis of international
perceptions and power, it shows that South Vietnam was a vital
interest of the United States. The book provides many insights into
the overthrow of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem in 1963
and demonstrates that the coup negated the South Vietnamese
government's tremendous, and hitherto unappreciated, military and
political gains between 1954 and 1963. After Diem's assassination,
President Lyndon Johnson had at his disposal several aggressive
policy options that could have enabled South Vietnam to continue
the war without a massive US troop infusion, but he ruled out these
options because of faulty assumptions and inadequate intelligence,
making such an infusion the only means of saving the country.
Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
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