The Myth of Inevitable U.S. Defeat in Vietnam

Dr. C. Dale Walton

Associate Professor, International Relations
Lindenwood University
Other Works
Geopolitics and the Great Powers in the Twenty-first Century

“In the vast literature on the war in Vietnam this book — to use an apt cliché — is like a breath of fresh air. It is a solid piece of scholarship with abundant references in the notes and extensive comments on them; it is well written; it has a clear thesis, which its title suggests; it is deeply felt but closely argued. In short, it is just the kind of book that should be read and debated some 30 years after the denouement in Saigon.”
From the Foreward by W.W. Rostow

“The Myth of Inevitable U.S. Defeat in Vietnam is a milestone in the literature interpreting the American war in Vietnam, as well as a tour de force of strategic reasoning. We cannot know whether or not Dale Walton is correct in his argument, there is no ‘proof’ available beyond strategic logic, but the strong possibility that he is on the right lines is disturbing and, we believe, instructive. This is an important book that should shake up many scholars who have allowed themselves to become complacent in their approach to understanding what happended, and why, in Vietnam 30 years ago.”
From the series editor's preface by Colin Gray
“The Myth of U.S. Defeat in Vietnam's significance lies in re-exposing academia's unwillingness to even entertain the possibility of U.S. victory in South Vietnam. The questions Walton poses aren't original — not because they have been resolved, but because they have been ‘silenced’ by being ignored.”
—From Intellectual Conservative by Nathan Alexander (see full review)
“There is a freedom and an assertiveness in style and thought in this short book which will not leave the reader indifferent, and which I greatly enjoyed.”
—Gilles Andréani, February-March 2008 issue of Survival, Pages 218-219; for full review click here and download the PDF under “View Full Text Article.”