Vietnam Declassified

Thomas L Ahern

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125619
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135342 | DOI:
Vietnam Declassified

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This book offers a detailed account of the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) effort to help South Vietnamese authorities win the loyalty of the Vietnamese peasantry and suppress the Viet Cong. Covering the CIA engagement from 1954 to mid-1972, it provides a thorough analysis of the agency and its partners. The book comprehensively documents the CIA's role in the rural pacification of South Vietnam, drawing from secret archives to which the author had unrestricted access. In addition to a chronology of operations, the book explores the assumptions, political values, and cultural outlooks of not only the CIA and other United States government agencies, but also of the peasants, Viet Cong, and Saigon government forces competing for their loyalty.

Keywords: CIA; Vietnam War; peasantry; Viet Cong; rural pacification; South Vietnam; Saigon; United States

Book.  474 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Military History

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