Powerful and Brutal Weapons: Nixon, Kissinger, and the Easter Offensive
Stephen P. Randolph. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007. 401 pp. Illus. Maps. Notes. Index. $29.95.
Reviewed by Commander John T. Kuehn, U.S. Navy (Retired)
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wrote an opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times (31 May 2007) comparing the Iraq and Vietnam Wars. In making the comparison he warned against drawing on the wrong lessons from Vietnam. Kissinger referred especially to the military defeat of the North Vietnamese Army's (NVA) Easter Offensive of 1972 that paved the way for America's total withdrawal-some have called it abandonment-from Vietnam. This new study by retired Air Force Colonel Stephen P. Randolph addresses precisely this very important episode of the Vietnam War.