By Ken Hughes
In his largely acclaimed Chasing Shadows ("the
top account but of Nixon’s devious interference with Lyndon Johnson’s 1968 Vietnam
battle negotiations"-- Washington Post), Ken Hughes printed the roots of
the covert task that culminated in Watergate. In Fatal Politics, Hughes
turns to the ultimate years of the warfare and Nixon’s reelection bid of 1972 to reveal the
president’s darkest secret.
While Nixon publicly
promised to maintain American troops in Vietnam merely until eventually the South Vietnamese may take their
position, he privately agreed together with his best army, diplomatic, and intelligence advisers that
Saigon might by no means live to tell the tale with no American boots at the flooring. Afraid preelection fall
of Saigon could scuttle his percentages for a moment time period, Nixon positioned his reelection above the lives
of yankee infantrymen. suspending the inevitable, he stored the United States within the warfare into the fourth year
of his presidency. whilst, Nixon negotiated a "decent period" deal with
the Communists to place a face-saving yr or among his ultimate withdrawal and Saigon’s
cave in. in the event that they waited that lengthy, Nixon secretly guaranteed North Vietnam’s leader sponsors
in Moscow and Beijing, the North may perhaps triumph over the South with none worry that the United States
might interfere to reserve it. The humiliating defeat that haunts americans to at the present time was once built
into Nixon’s go out process. Worse, the parable that Nixon used to be successful the conflict prior to Congress
"tied his fingers" has led coverage makers to conform strategies from America’s final
years in Vietnam to the twenty-first-century conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, prolonging both
wars with out successful either.
Forty years after the autumn of
Saigon, and drawing on greater than a decade spent learning Nixon’s secretly recorded Oval
workplace tapes--the so much finished, exact, and illuminating checklist of any presidency in
historical past, a lot of it by no means transcribed till now-- Fatal Politics tells a
tale of political manipulation and betrayal that may switch how american citizens take into accout Vietnam.
Fatal Politics is additionally to be had as a different publication that permits the reader
to maneuver seamlessly from the ebook to transcripts and audio records of those historic
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