Dueling Books on Vietnam Affect Policy in Afghanistan

As President Obama reviews U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, The Wall Street Journal reports, two books that draw different lessons from the Vietnam war, may be helping to shape the discussion.

Obama and several on his staff recently finished reading Lessons in Disaster, (Harcourt Brace, 1999), while many military leaders are reading A Better War, (Holt, 2008).

The WSJ says D.C. ares booksellers are having trouble keeping the two titles in stock.

All the large libraries we checked own Lessons in Disaster, with holds averaging 7 to 1. Only one in four libraries own A Better War. Both are now available in trade paperback.

Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam
Gordon M. Goldstein
Retail Price: $16.00
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks – (2009-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0805090878 / 9780805090871

A Better War: The Unexamined Victories and Final Tragedy of America’s Last Years in Vietnam
Lewis Sorley
Retail Price: $16.00
Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Harvest Books – (2007-04-28)
ISBN / EAN: 0156013096 / 9780156013093

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