War Without Fronts

The American Experience in Vietnam
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Binding:Paperback
Published:February 15, 2016
By Thomas C. Thayer (Author), Col. Gregory A. Daddis (Introduction)

In 1985 Thomas C. Thayer’s War Without Fronts offered a wealth of data and analysis on U.S. military operations in the Vietnam War and provided a fresh and provocative take on the infamous conflict. When first published, reviewers agreed it was an invaluable text; Vietnam War historians still cite Thayer in modern studies. Long out-of-print, this new edition should facilitate the ongoing conversation about how the American war in Vietnam continues to serve as a comparison for more recent U.S. overseas military campaigns.

Thomas Thayer worked as a systems analyst for the Office of the Secretary of Defense during the late 1960s and early 1970s, compiling data to better understand the war and find trends that might help improve U.S. civil and military operations. His work thus offers an insider’s view of American military strategy during the Vietnam War and of how military operations affected the Vietnamese people.

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Product Details
  • Paperback : 320 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (February 15, 2016)
  • ISBN-10: 1612519121
  • ISBN-13: 9781612519128
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 oz
Praise
  • “…I think it is one of the best books I’ve ever read on the war, with page after page of good, usable, dispassionate data, much of it counterintuitive.”—Thomas E. Ricks, Foreign Policy
  • “Replete with revelations that challenge sacred canards and conventional wisdom about the war. . . This is a book that should be read by everyone with a serious interest in the war.” —Dr. Joe P. Dunn, Air University Review

Thomas C. Thayer (1936–96) served in numerous positions within the U.S. Department of Defense, retiring as assistant director of the safeguards division of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. During the Vietnam War, he directed the Southeast Asia division of systems analysis in the office of the Secretary of Defense.

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Gregory A. Daddis is an associate professor of history at Chapman University. He is the author of No Sure Victory: Measuring U.S. Army Effectiveness and Progress in the Vietnam War and Westmoreland’s War: Reassessing American Strategy in Vietnam.

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