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Why the bastards wouldn’t stand and fight

Murray Sayle: Mao in Vietnam, 21 February 2002

China and the Vietnam Wars 1950-75 
by Qiang Zhai.
North Carolina, 304 pp., $49.95, April 2000, 0 8078 4842 5
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None so Blind: A Personal Account of the Intelligence Failure in Vietnam 
by George Allen.
Ivan Dee, 296 pp., $27.50, October 2001, 1 56663 387 7
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No Peace, No Honour: Nixon, Kissinger and Betrayal in Vietnam 
by Larry Berman.
Free Press, 334 pp., $27.50, November 2001, 0 684 84968 2
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... arms smuggling directed from ever-moving jungle camps resumed as before. Both Allen and Professor Larry Berman of the University of California, who has minutely reviewed the record, confirm that the US High Command entertained little hope of finding COSVN: the incursion had been undertaken to mollify Thieu and show he had US support. Four days after the ...

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