James M. Lindsay

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Lessons Learned: The Tet Offensive

by James M. Lindsay
February 1, 2012


A new installment of “Lessons Learned” is now out. This week I discuss the Tet Offensive in late January, 1968, and examine what lessons it might have for foreign policy today.

I hope you enjoy it.

Click here to view this video on YouTube.

If you’d like to know more about the Tet Offensive, the Vietnam War, and General William Westmoreland, check out these books:

James Arnold, Tet Offensive 1968: Turning Point in Vietnam (1990)

Peter Braestrup, The Big Story (1994)

George C. Herring, America’s Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975, 4th ed. (2001)

Stanley Karnow, Vietnam: A History (1997)

Don Oberdorfer, Tet! The Turning Point in the Vietnam War (2001)

Lewis Sorley, Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam (2011)

James H. Willbanks, The Tet Offensive: A Concise History (2008)

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