Vietnam Chronicles

Vietnam Chronicles

The Abrams Tapes, 1968-1972

Book - 2004 | 1st ed
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When General Creighton W. Abrams left his position as commander, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV), to become Army Chief of Staff in 1972, he took with him certain highly classified material relating to his service in Vietnam. In 1994, with government and military approval and support, Lewis Sorley gained access to General Abrams's material and began the transcription and analysis of the more than 455 tape recordings made at Headquarters MACV during the four years Abrams was in
From the twenty-year-old reel-to-reel tapes and Sorley's transcriptions of them, written by hand through a laborious, time-consuming process, emerges a picture of the senior U.S. commander in Vietnam and his associates working to prosecute a complex and challenging military campaign in an equally complex and difficult political context. The concept of the nature of the war and the way it was conducted changed during General Abrams's command. The progressive buildup of U.S. forces was
reversed, and Abrams became responsible for turning the war back to the South Vietnamese.
The edited transcriptions in this volume clearly reflect those changes in strategy and tactics. They include not only the briefings called the Weekly Intelligence Estimate Updates, but also presentations to and discussions with such visitors as the secretary of defense, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the commander-in-chief, Pacific, and other high-ranking government and military officials of the time. In Vietnam Chronicles we see, for the first time, the detail of the difficult
task that Creighton Abrams accomplished with tact and skill. Book jacket.
Publisher: Lubbock : Texas Tech University Press, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0896725332 (alk. paper)
Branch Call Number: 959.704337 VIE
Characteristics: xxvii, 917 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Sorley, Lewis 1934-

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