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The Defeat of the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army, 1961-1973
by Mark W. Woodruff
Foreword by James L. Jones
General, U.S. Marine Corps 

 978-0-918339-51-5 |Hardcover | 304 pages, 6 x 9 | Acid Free Paper | Illustrated | Maps  Index | Maps | $24.95

Early reviews of Unheralded Victory have been enthusiastic…

 …makes a compelling argument that American tactics and operations flowed logically from military strategy, and that we enjoyed greater success in that regard than is generally given credit by most Vietnam commentators. His thesis is simple: while the American political base at home was never solid enough to wage a protracted war in Southeast Asia, the war effort in theater was far from the quixotic venture to which many have relegated it in hindsight. Within the constraints imposed by the political environment of the day, the conflict was fought with a high degree of professionalism and competence…
James L. Jones, General, U.S. Marine Corps, from the Foreword

Mark Woodruff’s book is an inspired – and long overdue – re-examination of the scoreboard from the much-disputed Southeast Asian War games played by a generation of Americans who served in Vietnam.  He has said – and tellingly supported – for that generation of maligned vets what they have screamed  into the deaf ears of their countrymen for the past two decades.  We won the war on the battlefield…only to lose it in the political arena. Woodruff clearly and trenchantly separates a bad war from the good warriors who fought it. It’s about damn time. From my position as Hollywood’s top Military Advisor, I’m going to spend some time shoving this book under the turned up noses of a whole platoon of screenwriters and directors.
Dale A. Dye, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret),  Technical Advisor for Saving Private Ryan, Platoon, and Forest Gump

Mark Woodruff's Unheralded Victory: The Defeat of the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army, 1961-1973, is a refreshing look at America's experience in Vietnam. Many a combat veteran of that orphaned war has asked, "What defeat? When I left Vietnam we were winning." Woodruff examines the major battles and declares them all American victories; examines common wisdom on Vietnam and declares much of it false or flawed. Unheralded Victory deserves careful study by a wide audience and a spirited debate on Woodruff's conclusions.
Joseph L. Galloway, Senior Writer U.S. News & World Report co-author: We Were Soldiers Once... and Young

As we are forced to relearn every few years, victory in war can be as difficult  to define as peace can be to achieve. In Unheralded Victory, American-born Australian author, Mark Woodruff  presents a clear and compelling case detailing  an allied military victory over the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam War.  Far from  the commonly seen  portrait of  allied forces as dispirited, drug-ridden, and self-defeated, the author points to tactical victory after tactical victory by the allies.  He shows the allied forces as well-trained, well-equipped, and in general well-led. 

From small engagements to main force battles, the author paints a picture of consistent allied victory over the forces of the North. Nobody should be misled, the author acknowledges that these victories were costly and bloody for the allies, but they were even worse for the North Vietnamese and their allies. He further investigates the myths and popular stories that have over time grown into unchallenged fact, and finds that much of the commonly accepted folklore of the war and its aftermath have little or no basis in reality. Unheralded Victory does not seek to rewrite history – the allied forces did leave, senior American military and political leadership made mistake after mistake,  South Vietnam did collapse under the onslaught of the North Vietnamese forces, American geopolitical goals were thwarted  -- but the author does challenge the popular concept that the conduct and performance of the allied troops on the ground was substandard.  Well written and complete with maps, diagrams, and illustrations, Unheralded Victory is a book not to be missed by the thoughtful and serious reader.


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