"Will stand for years to come as an indispensable resource for students of the war and the American defense establishment that has survived it." - New York Times Book Review "If you read only one book about Vietnam, this should be it." - Washingtonian "A brilliant post mortem - a clear summary of a complex autopsy of a victim who died of multiple, avoidable, unintended self-inflicted wounds." - Armed Forces Journal "Perhaps the best single account of the Vietnam War by a military man. A tough, dispassionate, common-sense analysis of America's military role in Vietnam." - Baltimore Evening Sun "An absolute must for any officer who considers himself a military professional." - Harry G. Summers Jr. in Parameters
In Vietnam, four-star general Bruce Palmer Jr. (1913-2000) commanded Field Force II and later was deputy to General William Westmoreland. From 1968 to 1973 he was Vice Chief of Staff and for a time was Acting Chief of Staff, U.S. Army.