Re: 're-evaluating' Vietnam and other U.S. counter-insurgency ops
Sat, 9 Nov 1996 22:11:04 -0500

In all the back and forth re Vietnam, I have yet to see anyone mention an
excellent book that places Vietnam solidly within the framework of U.S.
foreign/military policy from the 1940s onward.

Instruments of Statecraft: U.S. Guerrilla Warfare, Counterinsurgency and
Counterterrorism, 1940-1990, by Michael McClintock. 1992. Pantheon. 604
pages. HB. out of print (soon after release, the publisher essentially
pulled it from circulation). See if your local library has it.

A solid piece of research, with many original (archival) sources.

(The Colombia Support Network [;] PO Box 1505, Madison WI 53701, has some
copies for sale.)

John Fournelle
Electron Microprobe Lab
Dept of Geology & Geophysics Office: (608) 262-7964
University of Wisconsin Lab: (608) 265-4798
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