By Tom Mangold, John Penycate
On the peak of the Vietnam clash, a posh process of mystery underground tunnels sprawled from Cu Chi Province to the sting of Saigon. In those burrows, the Viet Cong cached their guns, tended their wounded, and ready to strike. that they had just one enemy: U.S. squaddies small and wiry adequate to move during the guerrillas' slim area.
The courageous souls who descended into those hellholes have been often called "tunnel rats." Armed with purely pistols and K-bar knives, those males inched their approach throughout the steamy darkness the place any variety of horrors might be watching for them--bullets, booby traps, a tossed grenade. utilizing firsthand bills from women and men on either side who fought and killed in those underground battles, authors Tom Mangold and John Penycate offer a gripping within examine this fearsome wrestle. The Tunnels of Cu Chi is a conflict vintage of insufferable rigidity and unforgettable heroes.
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For a quick introduction to recent exchanges between proponents of the noble cause (sometimes termed “Vietnam revisionists”) and their critics, see Melvin R. Laird, “Iraq: Learning the Lessons of Vietnam,” Foreign Affairs 84 (November– December 2005): 22–43; K. W. org/buzzanco04162005); K. W. 1–2 (February– August 2006): 453–84. 12. Joseph Buttinger, The Smaller Dragon: A Political History of Vietnam (New York: Praeger, 1966); and Frances Fitzgerald, Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam (Boston: Little, Brown, 1972).
S. policy makers were motivated by a desire to obtain markets or resources of direct value to the 32 American Intervention and the Cold War Consensus American economy. Over decades of colonial rule, the French government had successfully excluded the United States from all but a trickle of investment and trade in Indochina. Approaching the matter in a different way, however, historians have successfully argued that economic considerations were crucial to Washington. S. ofﬁcials, they contend, calculated by 1950 that Indochina mattered a great deal to the economies of key American allies, especially Britain and Japan.
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The Tunnels of Cu Chi: A Harrowing Account of America's Tunnel Rats in the Underground Battlefields of Vietnam by Tom Mangold, John Penycate