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Nadir, I actually wrote up a case for II Marine Expeditionary Force based on that story by Wiest. Tran Ngoc Hue worked in the PX and the Navy Fed when I was in the Pentagon and in HQMC Navy Annex (Federal Building #2)....
It's a wonderful book and I wish more people would read it.
I agree, Eric - just finished it this evening. I appreciated the depth into which the author went - it kept one from simply dismissing the traitor's act out of hand - one could really begin to understand what he was going through and what his view of the war and his country's future was, which led him to his decision. I'm not saying I approve - but I understand.
What a small world it is that you met Tran Ngoc Hue!
Yeah, "Harry" Hue didn't talk a lot about his past, just loved Marines and always said they were why he made it to the U.S. I talked about the ARVN helicopter pilot and his family we sheltered for a few weeks in 1975. I had no idea of his accomplishments until I read this book and you can imagine my reaction!
I use Dinh's defection as an illustration of Boyd's tenets of "moral" warfare--interestingly enough, winning "hearts and minds" isn't anywhere there, it's all about trust. Dinh felt broken faith between him and the ARVN and the Saigon government in general, so as much as he hated the VC (and did so much to defeat them), he went over to the other side.... Yes, one can't approve, but one can understand--and you can see that the decision still haunts him, and always will....
Read: "Dividing The Spoils: The War for Alexander The Great's Empire" by Robin Waterfield. Second Mr. Walters earlier reply. Highly Recommended.
"Alexander The Great" by Lewis V. Cummings. First Published in 1940. The author shows, not only Alex's military genius, but the steady evolution of his character/personality from being more humane and honorable to a blood thirsty egomaniac at his death. This, of course, is the author's belief based on his interpretation of the facts. The umpteenth book of mine on Alexander the Great and his times. My favorite person to read about. Very Good and Recommended.