The jungle path that was the major supply line for the Viet Cong war effort, the Ho Chi Minh Trail was a symbol of a people's fierce determination and ingenuity in the face of overwhelming odds as well as the very heart of the North Vietnamese war strategy. In this book, acclaimed military historian John Prados takes the trail as the starting point for what is considered by many to be the definitive military history of the Vietnam War. This exhaustively researched history incorporates recently declassified government documents, oral histories, memoirs, and interviews to examine the conflict from all sides--from the trials of both the North Vietnamese and South Vietnamese soldiers in the jungles and the heroism of the American troops, to the machinations of the generals and diplomats and the antiwar protests back home. John Prados, PhD (Takoma Park, MD), is a respected military/national security historian and the author of nine books, including Combined Fleet Decoded and Hidden History of the Vietnam War.
Table of Contents
"Plainly a Gateway to Southeast Asia": 1954-1960. Ants and Elephants: 1961-1962. The Watershed: 1962-1963. The Battle Joined: 1963-1964. Dark Road Ahead: 1964-1965. The World and The 'Nam. Squeezing Hanoi: 1965-1966. Indian Country: 1966-1967. Forks in the Road: 1967. Fire in the Night: 1968. Pinball Wizards: 1968-1969. A Strategy of Force: 1969-1970. No Plug in the Funnel: 1971. The Road Turns South: 1971-1975. Afterword. Notes. Index.
JOHN PRADOS, Ph.D., is the author of nine other books on military history, including Combined Fleet Decoded, Hidden History of the Vietnam War, Valley of Decision, Keeper of the Keys, and Presidents Secret Wars.