On Strategy: The Vietnam War in Context
Carlisle Barracks, Strategic Studies Institute, 1981. An important study of the war by a career officer, applying Clausewitz's principles to the actual conduct of the war. A controversial study even before publication, this has since come to be recognized as one of the pieces of writing to formally articulate the "lessons of Vietnam" in a way that attempts to understand the mistakes and build for the future from the basis of that understanding. Summers focused on the questions at the intersection of military strategy and national policy, and the effect of his (and later, others') analyses of such questions have been amply demonstrated in the U.S. conduct of the Gulf War, for example. This is a 1984 printing of the 1982 revised edition, which added 10 pages of new material. Signed by the author. Near fine in wrappers. [#010258] $45

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