Crosswinds: The Air Force's Setup in Vietnam

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"Tilford exposes the generals' tunnel-vision. . . . He demolishes the myth that the 1972 ‘Christmas bombing' brought Hanoi to its knees . . . . His controversial thesis is that the bombing of the North and the interdiction campaign against the Ho Chi Minh Trail were in no way decisive and that USAF leadership obtusely failed to perceive that North Vietnam, an agricultural nation, was simply not susceptible to strategic bombing."—Publishers Weekly ". . . . hard hitting study on the failure of American air power in the Vietnam War . . . . The acute intellectual content of the book and the author's engaging writing style make the book easy to recommend."—Armed Forces Journal International

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EARL H. TILFORD JR. was an Air Force officer from 1969 to 1989, serving during the Vietnam War in Thailand as an intelligence officer. A resident of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, he is writing a history of the University of Alabama in the 1960s.

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Since the end of the Vietnam War, the Air Force has nurtured two articles of faith: that the failure of American air power could be blamed entirely on politicians, the press, and the antiwar movement, which restricted full employment of resources to "win the war"; and that when finally unshackled in late 1972, the Christmas bombings, codenamed Linebacker II, proved that success would have been possible from 1965 on. In this excellent, readable history of air power operations in Vietnam, retired Air Force officer and historian Tilford, author of an outstanding earlier book on air rescue operations during the war, effectively challenges both myths. He places the primary blame on the Air Force's failure to develop a coherent strategy appropriate to the war that it faced. Supporting a similar argument in Mark Clodfelter's The Limits of Air Power (1969), this book will further stir controversy. Essential for anyone interested in the military strategy of the war.
- Joe P. Dunn, Converse Coll., Spartanburg, S.C.
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