Can We Win in Vietnam?

New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1968. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. xiv, 427, [5] pages. Footnotes. Map. List of Abbreviations. Ink notation on fep from previous owner. DJ is in a plastic sleeve. This is the Hudson Institute Series on National Security and International Order Number 2. Herman Kahn (February 15, 1922 – July 7, 1983) was a founder of the Hudson Institute and one of the preeminent futurists of the latter part of the twentieth century. He originally came to prominence as a military strategist and systems theorist while employed at the RAND Corporation. He became known for analyzing the likely consequences of nuclear war and recommending ways to improve survivability, making him one of the historical inspirations for the title character of Stanley Kubrick's classic black comedy film satire Dr. Strangelove. In his commentary for Fail Safe, director Sidney Lumet remarked that the Professor Groeteschele character is also based on Herman Kahn. Kahn's theories contributed heavily to the development of the nuclear strategy of the United States. The short answer to the title question is: Yes, if we don't lose the war here at home. Mr. Kahn, a veteran student of military affairs, points out in this informative discussion that the Tet Offensive seriously demoralized our own leaders even though we wound up winning that engagement-because they had not believed that North Vietnam could, at that stage, mobilize an attack of that magnitude. As for the press, it is reflecting the culture it lives in. HK: "We don't live in an heroic culture, so you can't report heroism... We don't live in a religious culture, so you can't report it as an anti-Communist crusade-that looks indecent. So you have to report it at the human level. The Hudson Institute is a conservative American think tank based in Washington, D.C. It was founded in 1961 in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, by futurist, military strategist, and systems theorist Herman Kahn and his colleagues at the RAND Corporation. Hudson's initial research projects largely reflected Kahn's personal interests, which included the domestic and military use of nuclear power and scenario planning exercises about present policy options and their possible future outcomes. Kahn and his colleagues made pioneering contributions to nuclear deterrence theory and strategy during this period. Hudson's detailed analyses of "ladders of escalation" and reports on the likely consequences of limited and unlimited nuclear exchanges, eventually published as Thinking About the Unthinkable in 1962 and On Escalation: Metaphors and Scenarios in 1965, were influential within the Kennedy administration, and helped the institute win its first major research contract from the Office of Civil Defense at the Pentagon. Condition: Good / Good.

Keywords: Vietnam War, Guerrilla Warfare, Military Security, Force Deployment, Victory, Hamlet-Village, Binh Dinh Province, National Defense, Defensible Front

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