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People's Army of Vietnam, PAVN

Douglas Pike

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ISBN 10: 0891412433 / ISBN 13: 9780891412434
Published by Presidio Press, Novato, CA, 1986
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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People's Army of Vietnam, PAVN by Douglas Pike. Published by Presidio Press, Novato, CA, 1986. 1st Edition. Hardbound, Paper DJ. Size 8vo (up to 9-1/2'' tall). Condition: V-Fine in Chipped DJ. 384 Pgs. ISBN 0891412433. LCCN 85-19329. From the leading expert of Vietnamese communism, we have this extraordinary history of the growth of the PAVN, the third largest military force in the world, standing directly behind the People's Liberation Army of China and the Armed Forces of the U.S.S.R. Description text copyright 2000 BooksForComfort. Item ID 2611. Bookseller Inventory # 2611

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Title: People's Army of Vietnam, PAVN

Publisher: Presidio Press, Novato, CA

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardback

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: 1st edition.

Book Type: book

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Traces the history of Vietnam's Army, the largest per capita in the world, explains why it has been so successful, and examines its role in Vietnam's future

From Publishers Weekly:

Pike, whose scholarly works on the Vietcong (History of Vietnamese Communism, etc.) are widely admired, describes the creation of the People's Army of Vietnam as "probably the most astounding military phenomenon of our lifetime." Since the fall of Saigon in 1975, PAVN has quadrupled in size and is today the third largest military force in the world, bigger than the U.S. Army. In this study, the first major work on the subject, Pike addresses in detail the question of how a small, underdeveloped, poverty-ridden country could create such an impressive military machine. He discusses too how the Vietnamese Communists developed a new kind of war with an underlying strategy "for which there is no known countermeasure." After a thorough analysis of the Vietnamese Communist Party's control of PAVN, Pike concludes with a speculation on the possibility of a military coup d'etat, now that Party influence is waning.
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