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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New Falcon Pubns
Publication date January 1, 2015
Pages 742
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780989901734
ISBN-10 0989901734
Original list price $34.95
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The realities of a futile campaign are portrayed in this novel of the Vietnam War. The action ranges from the White House to the jungle, from the American Embassy in Saigon to the front lines. Michael Peterson has also written "The Immortal Dragon". If you're looking for a Vietnam War novel, but you don't want to wade in too deep, this is perfect lightweight fare. Think of it as a cross between Tom Clancy and Graham Greene (see Orrin's review of The Quiet American)with the civil servant as superhero trying to navigate a moral cesspool. Bradley Lawrence Marshall is the blue blood, war hero, diplomat who is sent to Vietnam as the personal emissary of President Johnson, to find a way out. In country, he meets with real figures like General Westmoreland, who tries to convince him everything is copacetic. But he also meets folks like: his driver, Corporal Mead, a decent though violent American lad of ambiguous sexuality, who is sick of the war; Lacouture, a flamboyant, Guy Burgess-like, Frenchman who sells information to all sides and loves Mead; and the insidious CIA station chief, Wilson Abbot Lord, who lives to fight the Communists and, fearing that Marshall will end the war, plots to kill him. And it's all set against the backdrop of the Tet Offensive. The whole premise, of Johnson and a bureaucrat secretly planning an exit strategy, doesn't withstand much scrutiny and the stereotypes and cliches run rampant. But taken on its own terms, as a sort of politico-military potboiler with only mild pretensions of addressing issues in any serious way, it succeeds pretty well. It's certainly a more diverting read than many of the more critically acclaimed novels of the war.

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780671683030
 
from Pocket Books (February 1, 1990)
9780671683030 | details & prices | List price $19.95
About: From the opulent salons of Saigon to bloody combat in the lush Vietnamese jungles, the everyday lives of Americans and Vietnamese embroiled in the horrors of war are revealed in a panoramic novel of the Vietnam War
Paperback
Book cover for 9780671567873 Book cover for 9780671701260
 
The price comparison is for this edition
Reprint edition from New Falcon Pubns (January 1, 2015)
9780989901734 | details & prices | 742 pages | List price $34.95
About: The realities of a futile campaign are portrayed in this novel of the Vietnam War.
Reissue edition from Pocket Books (March 1, 1996)
9780671567873 | details & prices | 4.25 × 6.75 × 1.25 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $6.50
About: Months before the Tet Offensive, Bradley Marshall, a diplomat and war veteran, begins a secret mission--to retrieve critical information that will allow the President to secretly withdraw from Vietnam
Reprint edition from Pocket Books (April 1, 1991)
9780671701260 | details & prices | List price $5.95
About: Months before the Tet Offensive, Bradley Marshall, a diplomat and war veteran, begins a secret mission--to retrieve critical information that will allow the President to secretly withdraw from Vietnam
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780671702465
 
from Simon & Schuster (March 1, 1990); titled "Time of War"
9780671702465 | details & prices | 4.75 × 7.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $14.95
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