September 18, 2007

Book Review - Summons of the Trumpet

Over 2 million Americans served their country in Vietnam. Why have they gone largely unappreciated?

Summons of the Trumpet: U.S.-Vietnam in Perspective
Dave Richard Palmer
DS 558 .P34 1995

This book provides a history of the relationship between the United States and Vietnam between 1954 and 1973. Palmer divides into phases. For the first decade, he characterizes the relationship between the United States and Vietnam as an advisory one. He points to 1965 as a decision point during which a state of war arose, though he describes armed conflict between the two nations earlier. In 1966-1967, he charaterizes a growing stalemate between the nations and a search on the part of the United States for a war strategy. 1968 stands out as the climax of the war. Palmer then suggests that from 1969 onward, leaders searched for a road toward peace, though the United States did not leave Vietnam until 1973. This study was originally written in 1978, but fact that this work has been reprinted without alteration demonstrates that Palmer's research and analysis have stood the test of time.