The Perfect War: Technowar in Vietnam

The Perfect War Technowar in Vietnam In this groundbreaking book James William Gibson shatters the misled assumptions behind both liberal and conservative explanations for America s failure in Vietnam Gibson shows how American governmen

  • Title: The Perfect War: Technowar in Vietnam
  • Author: James William Gibson
  • ISBN: 9780871137999
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this groundbreaking book, James William Gibson shatters the misled assumptions behind both liberal and conservative explanations for America s failure in Vietnam Gibson shows how American government and military officials developed a disturbingly limited concept of war what he calls technowar in which all efforts were focused on maximizing the enemy s body counIn this groundbreaking book, James William Gibson shatters the misled assumptions behind both liberal and conservative explanations for America s failure in Vietnam Gibson shows how American government and military officials developed a disturbingly limited concept of war what he calls technowar in which all efforts were focused on maximizing the enemy s body count, regardless of the means Consumed by a blind faith in the technology of destruction, American leaders failed to take into account their enemy s highly effective guerrilla tactics Indeed, technowar proved woefully inapplicable to the actual political and military strategies used by the Vietnamese, and Gibson reveals how U.S officials consistently falsified military records to preserve the illusion that their approach would prevail Gibson was one of the first historians to question the fundamental assumptions behind American policy, and The Perfect War is a brilliant reassessment of the war now republished with a new introduction by the author.

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    1. Most of my Vietnam War book reviews include the phrase "Vietnam was fractally fucked up". In The Perfect War, Gibson identifies the mathematical seed of that fractal; an ideology that he deems Technowar, and traces its ramifications across Indochina in one of the best general histories of the war, which covers the choice to enter Vietnam, the ground war, the air war, and development and corruption.Any honest accounting of the Vietnam War has to engage with the fact that Vietnam was a defeat, des [...]

    2. Magnificent!Gibson provides what is essentially a Marxian critique of the Vietnam War to give the clearest, most honest explanation you are likely to get for why the US lost that war.Technowar is the name for the "scientific" application of management skills and technology to warfare. The thinking goes that proper management and advanced weaponry won WWII - therefore all foreign policy questions could ultimately be solved by the proper combination of high tech killing machines and economic scien [...]

    3. Unlike the current PBS Vietnam 2017 television, this work is not memorial but analysis. It is as relevant, perceptive, and helpful as it was when originally published that then republished. The American intrusion into Viet Nam was a technocratic one that bore no meaningful or humane relationship to the history of Indochina. The accounts of battles in this study are as moving as those in other histories of the war but remain analytically clear. In spite of a well formed accumulation of new histor [...]

    4. An interesting book, very similar in content to Daniel Ellsbergs "Secrets" even though written very differently.

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