Book Review: Victory at Any Cost: The Genius of Viet Nam’s Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap

Archives

by Cecil B. Currey

Washington: Brassey's, 1997. xxii, 401pp. Illus, maps, notes, bibliog, index. $25.95. ISBN:1-57488-056-X

Although in many ways a useful and interesting work, this life of the Vietnamese communist commander leaves something to be desired as a military biography. Thus, while we are told that Giap was a close student of Napoleon (an odd hero for a communist), we never do learn if he ever had any practical military training. Nevertheless, there are some very useful insights into Giap’s understanding of the nature of war, and, on a more practical level, his direction of the wars against the French and the US. A useful work, and certainly better than anything else currently available on this most interesting commander.

Reviewer: A. A. Nofi   


Buy it at Amazon.com




X

ad
0
30

Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 30 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close