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A Better WarPT. 1 BOOK REVIEW (CH. 1-13)David Jones | US History Civil War Era-Present | 1/11/2017
Lewis Sorley’s book, A Better War is essentially an in-depth reexamination of the Vietnam War, specifically during years 1968 – 1975, after General Creighton Abrams took command of the theater. The author pulled from many sources, including some not previously available to show how the war effort significantly changed during this time and to give us new perspective into diplomatic goings-on and operations on the battlefield. Sorley presents factual insight that challenges the way we have previously seen the conflict.In early 1968, an election year, domestic support for the war was failing. 30,000 American troops had been lost and morale was low aftera long and bloody offensive. General William Westmoreland was in charge of war operations in Vietnam. Westmoreland, on behalf of the Lyndon B. Johnson administration, had just told the nation that the end of the war was in sight in a late 1967 press conference. Shortly after, on the last day of January 1968, the largest battle yet occurred. The Lunar New Year (Tet) was traditionally observed with a truce - however,on this day over 85,000 North Vietnamese Army (NVA) and Viet Cong (VC) troops attacked. Over 100 cities were hit, 14000 civilians were