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The Perfect War: Technowar in Vietnam

Gibson, James William

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ISBN 10: 0871130637 / ISBN 13: 9780871130631
Published by Atlantic Monthly Press, Boston, MA, 1986
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25 cm, 523, tables, appendix, notes, index, front DJ flap price clipped, some wear and small tears to DJ edges. Documents the failure of Technowar in Vietnam, a system inapplicable to the actual political and military strategies used by revolutionary forces. Bookseller Inventory # 21947

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Title: The Perfect War: Technowar in Vietnam

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press, Boston, MA

Publication Date: 1986

Book Condition: very good, fair

Edition: First Edition. First? Printing.

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Drawing upon government papers and personal accounts from soldiers, this book documents the failure of technowar in Vietnam and argues that the lessons learned have been ignored by the political and military establishments that continue to espouse it today in Central America

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Gibson, Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., believes that much of the blame for the debacle in Vietnam is attributable to the introduction of "managerial science" into the war effort. He attempts to show that by the fall of 1967, the war managers had constructed an Orwellian double-think of "multiple systematic falsifications" in which credit, debit and progress were gauged by a body-count index. (The author's personal outrage occasionally spills over into questionable generalizations: "Management did not care whether labor lived or died, only about producing a high body-count.") The study includes quotes from participants and close observers of the war, illustrating in a shockingly concentrated manner how demoralizing to the troops were the ruthless and impersonal management techniques of business accounting imposed on them. Gibson warns that this managerial mind-set is still very much in evidence at the Pentagon and that "the redeployment of Technowar can only result in another massive defeat."
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