The Last Valley

The Last Valley

Dien Bien Phu and the French Defeat in Vietnam

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
A fascinating look at the events that doomed the French Empire and drew America into Vietnam examines the 1953 battle that demoralized and destroyed the French army and paved the way for the creation of the ill-fated country of South Vietnam. 40,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
A highly acclaimed, well-written, and flawlessly researched history of the battle that doomed the French Empire and led America into Vietnam.

In December 1953 the French army occupying Vietnam challenged the elusive Vietnamese army to engage in a decisive battle. When French paratroopers landed in the jungle on the border between Vietnam and Laos, the Vietnamese quickly isolated the French force and confronted them at their jungle base in a small place called Dien Bien Phu. The hunters-the French army-had become the hunted, desperately defending their out-gunned base. The siege in the jungle wore on as defeat loomed for the French. Eventually the French were depleted, demoralized, and destroyed. As they withdrew, the country was ominously divided at U.S. insistence, creating the short-lived Republic of South Vietnam for which 55,000 Americans would die in the next twenty years.

Book News
Between 1946 and 1954, the Communist Viet Minh in Indochina achieved a unique wartime transformation from "a clandestine guerrilla movement into a powerful conventional army." Their final vindication came at Dien Bien Phu, where, in the spring of 1954, they isolated and destroyed a headstrong, U.S.-equipped French force. In this account, Windrow, a London-based editor, publisher, and writer, explores the tragic significance of the landmark battle that vanquished the French and drew America into Vietnam. The book includes 21 detailed maps of the region; 40 b&w photos of military commanders, personnel, equipment, and battle sites, with extended explanations; and a glossary of military and Vietnamese terms. Supplementary materials comprise lists of French and Vietnamese military staff, commanding officers, and units. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, c2005
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed
ISBN: 9780306813863
Characteristics: 734 p ; cm


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