"Kissinger's Betrayal is arguably the most important single source published in decades for understanding why America went to war in Vietnam, why doing so was important, and what went wrong and ultimately led to a Communist victory."--Prof. Robert F. Turner, SJD, former president of the U.S. Institute of Peace, author of Vietnamese Communism: Its Origins and Development, and co-founder of the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia
What really happened in Vietnam?
For five decades, conventional wisdom about the Vietnam War has been that it was lost because it never could have been won. South Vietnam was doomed to defeat. The American effort was a foreign intrusion forever incapable of winning the "hearts and minds" of the South Vietnamese people.
But what if South Vietnam was defeated not because of its own shortcomings but because it was betrayed by a secret deal made behind its back? Deeply researched and compellingly argued, Kissinger's Betrayal uses once-secret files of the American ambassador to South Vietnam and long-overlooked documents from official government archives--including the foreign ministry of the Soviet Union--to reveal for the first time how Henry Kissinger personally and secretly schemed to irrevocably compromise South Vietnam's chances for survival.
Without informing his president, other American leaders, or US allies in South Vietnam, Kissinger unilaterally made a horrendous--and ultimately completely unnecessary--diplomatic concession that allowed Communist North Vietnam to leave its army inside South Vietnam and then freely resume its war of invasion and conquest at a time of its own choosing.
In an unprecedented account, historian and global executive director of the Caux Round Table for Moral Capitalism Stephen B. Young provides new insight into both genuine Vietnamese Nationalism and the French colonialism that marginalized and decentered the right of the Vietnamese people to live freely in an independent country of their own choosing.
Kissinger's Betrayal reveals a fresh and more truthful history of the Vietnam War that restores dignity to America as well as the people of Vietnam.