Black April: The Fall of Vietnam, 1973-1975
George J. Veith. New York: Encounter Books, 2012. 605 pp. Maps. Notes. Index. $29.95.
Reviewed by Spencer C. Tucker
Former U.S. Army captain George J. Veith has written two previous books on the Vietnam War, both dealing with American POW/MIAs. This third work is planned as the first of two that will cover the history of the Republic of Vietnam (the South) between the U.S. departure with the 27 January 1973 Paris Peace Accords and the Communist victory of 30 April 1975. The book’s title is taken from the South Vietnamese term Thang Tu Dem (Black April) for that defeat; the victors know it as Giai Phong Mien Nam, the Liberation of South Vietnam. This volume is devoted to the military aspects of the period; the second will treat the political side. Veith asserts, correctly, that the South Vietnamese story has been only imperfectly told.