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The Resource Valley of death : the tragedy at Dien Bien Phu that led America into the Vietnam War, Ted Morgan, (electronic resource)

Valley of death : the tragedy at Dien Bien Phu that led America into the Vietnam War, Ted Morgan, (electronic resource)

Label
Valley of death : the tragedy at Dien Bien Phu that led America into the Vietnam War
Title
Valley of death
Title remainder
the tragedy at Dien Bien Phu that led America into the Vietnam War
Statement of responsibility
Ted Morgan
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ted Morgan has now written a definitive account of the fateful battle that ended French rule in Indochina - and led inexorably to America's Vietnam War. Dien Bien Phu was a remote valley on the border of Laos along a simple rural trade route. But it would also be where a great European power fell to an underestimated insurgent army and lost control of a crucial colony. Valley of Death is the untold story of the 1954 battle that, in six weeks, changed the course of history." "Here is the history of the Vietminh liberation movement's rebellion against French occupation after World War II and its growth as an adversary, eventually backed by Communist China. Here too is the ill-fated French plan to build a base in Dien Bien Phu and draw the Vietminh into a debilitating defeat - which instead led to the Europeans being encircled in the surrounding hills, besieged by heavy artillery, overrun, and defeated." "Morgan reveals the inner workings of the American effort to aid France, with Eisenhower secretly disdainful of the French effort and prophetically worried that "no military victory was possible in that type of theater." Morgan paints indelible portraits of all the major players, from Henri Navarre, head of the French Union forces, a rigid professional unprepared for an enemy fortified by rice carried on bicycles, to his commander, General Christian de Castries, a privileged, miscast cavalry officer, and General Vo Nguyen Giap, a master of guerrilla warfare working out of a one-room hut on the side of a hill. Most devastatingly, Morgan sets the stage for the Vietnam quagmire that was to come
Cataloging source
TEFOD
Dewey number
959.704/142
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plans
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DS553.3.D5
LC item number
M665 2010eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Valley of death : the tragedy at Dien Bien Phu that led America into the Vietnam War, Ted Morgan, (electronic resource)
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Instantiates
Publication
Note
Title from eBook information screen
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Color
multicolored
Contents
  • Act V:
  • Diplomacy, defeat, and captivity
  • Act I: The
  • first partition of Vietnam
  • Act II: The
  • Colonial War becomes a proxy war
  • Act III:
  • Navarre takes command
  • Act IV: The
  • battle
Dimensions
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781588369802
Isbn Type
(electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
C5F3A838-4909-4457-8FC6-4A2E017BEA0C
System control number
  • 1922321
  • 1922321
  • (OCoLC)646494938
  • (OCoLC)ocn646494938
  • 1922321
System details
Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 5501 KB)
Label
Valley of death : the tragedy at Dien Bien Phu that led America into the Vietnam War, Ted Morgan, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Note
Title from eBook information screen
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Color
multicolored
Contents
  • Act V:
  • Diplomacy, defeat, and captivity
  • Act I: The
  • first partition of Vietnam
  • Act II: The
  • Colonial War becomes a proxy war
  • Act III:
  • Navarre takes command
  • Act IV: The
  • battle
Dimensions
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781588369802
Isbn Type
(electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
C5F3A838-4909-4457-8FC6-4A2E017BEA0C
System control number
  • 1922321
  • 1922321
  • (OCoLC)646494938
  • (OCoLC)ocn646494938
  • 1922321
System details
Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 5501 KB)

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