The Tet Offensive: Intelligence Failure in War by James J. WirtzThe Tet Offensive: Intelligence Failure in War by James J. Wirtz

The Tet Offensive: Intelligence Failure in War

byJames J. Wirtz

Paperback | June 3, 1994

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In this account of one of the worst intelligence failures in American
history, James J. Wirtz explains why U.S. forces were surprised by the North Vietnamese Tet Offensive in 1968. Wirtz reconstructs the turning point of the Vietnam War in unprecedented detail. Drawing upon Vietcong and recently declassified U.S. sources, he is able to trace the strategy and unfolding of the Tet campaign as well as the U.S. response.

Title:The Tet Offensive: Intelligence Failure in WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.3 inPublished:June 3, 1994Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS

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ISBN - 10:0801482097

ISBN - 13:9780801482090

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Table of Contents

Introduction

PART I: "THE BIG VICTORY, THE GREAT TASK"
1. The Communist Debate over Strategy
2. Preparations, and Objectives of the Tet Offensive

PART II: THE ORIGINS OF SURPRISE
3. The Sources of American Biases
4. Missing the Signals: July–November 1967
5. Missing the Signals: December 1967–30 January 1968
6. Reacting to the Tet Offensive

Conclusion: Explaining the Failure of Intelligence

Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"This excellently researched and written volume is a positive addition to our understanding of the event that marked the turning point in U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War."—John R. Finch, Military Review