On 30 April 1975, the tanks of the People's Army of North Vietnam burst through the gates of Independence Palace in Saigon. The long war was over. Not with Guns Alone is a moving and explosive account of how Hanoi won the war. There was not just one war, however, and in taking the reader from the break-up of French Indo-China thirty years before the fall of Saifon. Denis Warner details the multiplicity of wars and changes in the international scene. Although many of Warner's revelations will cause diplomatic shockwaves, the bok is no tract. The carefully-documented narrative moves from one side to another in telling the hitherto untelleable : the man who killed President Ngo Dinh Diem in 1963, the Australian intelligence officer's supressed prediction of the Tet offensive, Australia's involvement with the C.I.A., Hanoi's pressure on Canberra in the closing days of the war, Nixon's private correspondence with President Thieu, Washington's broken promises. Using the detailed battle report of General Van Tien Dung, Chief of Staff of the People's Army of North Vietnam, Warner takes us behind the scenes of the Politburo meetings in Hanoi, and to Dung's final command post outside Saigon. Finally, Warner looks at what has happened since the end of the war : in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, and concludes that Australia has failed under both Liberal and Labor governments to come to terms with its environment. An eminently readable acconut of the past, present and future of South-East Asia by one of the world's most distinguished correspondents in the region.
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NOT WITH GUNS ALONE by Denis Warner
Richmond, Vic. : Hutchinson of Australia, 1977.