Phoenix and the Birds of Prey: Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism in Vietnam by Mark MoyarPhoenix and the Birds of Prey: Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism in Vietnam by Mark Moyar

Phoenix and the Birds of Prey: Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism in Vietnam

byMark MoyarForeword byHarry G. Summers

Paperback | December 10, 2007

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This study explodes prevailing myths about the Phoenix Program, the CIA's top-secret effort to destroy the Viet Cong by neutralizing its “civilian” leaders. Drawing on recently declassified documents and interviews with American, South Vietnamese, and North Vietnamese sources, Mark Moyar examines the attempts to eradicate the Viet Cong infrastructure and analyzes their effectiveness. He addresses misconceptions about these efforts and provides an accurate, complete picture of the allies’ decapitation of the Viet Cong shadow government.
 
Combining social and political history with a study of military operations, Moyar offers a fresh interpretation of the crucial role the shadow government played in the Viet Cong's ascent. Detailed accounts of intelligence operations provide an insider’s view of their development and reveal what really happened in the safe havens of the Viet Cong. Filled with new information, Moyar’s study sets the record straight about one of the last secrets of the Vietnam War and offers poignant lessons for dealing with future Third World insurgencies. This Bison Books edition includes a new preface and chapter by the author.
Mark Moyar is an associate professor at the U.S. Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia, and the author of Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam War, 1954–1965. Harry G. Summers Jr. (1932–99) served in both the Korean War and the Vietnam War and was an instructor and distinguished fellow at the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Ar...
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Title:Phoenix and the Birds of Prey: Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism in VietnamFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.04 inPublished:December 10, 2007Publisher:UNP - Bison BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803216025

ISBN - 13:9780803216020

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Bison Books Edition
Foreword, by Col. Harry G. Summers, Jr., USA (Ret.)
Preface
Acknowledgments
PART ONE ORIGINS
1 Vietnam at War: Before Phoenix
2 The Shadow Government and the Viet Cong
3 The Shadow Government and the People
4 The War against the Shadow Government: Before Phoenix
5 The New Attack on the Shadow Government
PART TWO INTELLIGENCE
6 Targets
7 Informants and Agents
8 Prisoners: Interrogation, Torture, and Execution
9 Ralliers, Documents, and Photographs
10 Misinformation
PART THREE COORDINATION
11 The Challenge: Phoenix Centers
12 Attempts to Make Phoenix and Phung Hoang Work
13 Other Intelligence and Operations Coordination
PART FOUR OPERATIONS
14 The Nature of Operations
15 The Birds of Prey
16 The South Vietnamese
17 The Americans
18 Neutralization of Non-Communist Civilians
19 Assassinations
PART FIVE DAMAGE INFLICTED ON THE SHADOW GOVERNMENT
20 Neutralization Statistics
21 Actual Viet Cong Cadre Losses
22 Additional Setbacks for the Shadow Government
23 The Shadow Government in Decline
PART SIX VILLAGER ATTITUDES
24 Abuse of the Population
25 Changing Attitudes
26 The Impact of the New Attitudes
PART SEVEN POSTLUDE
27 Theories of Revolutionary Warfare
28 Reflections
29 Lessons Learned
Glossary
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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"Moyar's examination and assessments of the struggle against the Communist shadow government in South Vietnam are fresh and, in my view, right on the mark. His book warrants serious consideration by all scholars of the Vietnam War, as well as those who would apply the 'lessons' of that war to future American involvements."—Prof. James R. Reckner, Director Study of Vietnam Conference, Texas Tech University - Prof. James R. Reckner