The Eleven Days of Christmas: America’s Last Vietnam Battle

The Eleven Days of Christmas America s Last Vietnam Battle Moving from the White House to the B cockpits to the missile sites and POW camps of Hanoi The Eleven Days of Christmas is a gripping tale of heroism and incompetence in a battle whose political an

  • Title: The Eleven Days of Christmas: America’s Last Vietnam Battle
  • Author: Marshall L. Michel III
  • ISBN: 9781893554276
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Paperback
  • Moving from the White House to the B 52 cockpits to the missile sites and POW camps of Hanoi, The Eleven Days of Christmas is a gripping tale of heroism and incompetence in a battle whose political and military legacy is still a matter of controversy.

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    1. Marshall L. Michel's book covering America's last great air battle in Vietnam, The 11 Days of Christmas is an excellent and gripping book telling the story of Linebacker II. I started reading this book on a Saturday and finished it by Sunday, the next day. The narrative was spellbinding; I was glued to the book and found it hard to put down. The author offers a nice mix of in-depth research intermixed with first hand accounts of those involved, at every level and on both sides. This is a great b [...]

    2. A very well researched book that shows a battle from both sides and seems to tell it straight out. While for some it may seem too technical, it isn't to me. Once I got going in the book, I could not put it down.

    3. Due to pressures by Congress, President Nixon had to move swiftly to get the Vietnamese to agree during peace talks and bring the American POWs home. Soon enough, Linebacker II was in motion. Strategic Air Command (SAC) organized the largest aircraft bombing the world had ever seen. It soon became evident that Vietnamese surface-to-air missiles would not be overwhelmed by the B-52 forces any time soon. The war swung side-to-side for 11 days. Some days, it was clear it would be an American victor [...]

    4. Military history done right.Too often military histories are unreadable because of their focus on the tactical minutia of battle or conversely their strategic distance from the front-line. This book is the best example of a military history done right. The author has the skill to communicate the immediacy of "being there" while being able to back up and put the battle into the strategic and political context in which it fit.This book also illustrates a basic human trait, one that emerges in time [...]

    5. Finished this book yesterday. I enjoyed it, and learned a lot about the bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong in North Vietnam in December of 1972. I didn't pay much attention to these events when they occurred, as I was in high school and had other things on my mind!The author has done his homework on the battle the Vietnamese now remember as their "Dien Bien Phu of the Air" - in reference to their historic victory over the French in the early 1950s (1954?).The author does a good job of telling the tru [...]

    6. An unknown gem of a book. Well written and speaks to both military tactics and history as well as valuable management lessons. It is a modern Twelve O'clock High. There was drama in the Oval office as Nixon and Kissenger strategized how to bring the North Vietnamese back to the negotiating table and obtain "Peace with Honor". But the book merely touches on that. It also spends a little time on the history of the Strategic Air Command and why that dictated much of the cold war strategy. The real [...]

    7. I have an interest in war history, who knows why? This was a good book. I learned a lot. Just as much, I am befuddled by war and this further illustrated how insane it is. Dad loaned it to me.

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