Dien Bien Phu


Dien Bien Phu

The Epic Battle America Forgot

Howard R. Simpson

History of War Series

238 pages


April 2005


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About the Book

Dien Bien Phu is the definitive account of the great, climactic battle in French Indochina that led to the American commitment to Vietnam. Defense analyst Howard R. Simpson was an eyewitness.


“[The battle of Dien Bien Phu] ranks with Agincourt, Waterloo, and Gettysburg as one of the great military engagements of history . . . . No American is better qualified to tell the tale of Dien Bien Phu and its significance than Howard Simpson.”—Stanley Karnow, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of Vietnam: A History

“Simpson has written a military classic based on newly released documents, interviews with survivors, and his own vivid and compassionate recollections.”—Publishers Weekly

“Captivating . . . . High recommended.”—Library Journal

“Fascinating. . . . Simpson’s prose [is] as gripping as any CNN closeup.”—Foreign Service Journal

“Exceptionally well-written, accurate, and readable.”—Army

“Superb.”—Military Review

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