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Tonkin Gulf and the Escalation of the Vietnam War, Revised Edition.


Tonkin Gulf and the Escalation of the Vietnam War, Revised Edition

Edwin E. Moise

Naval Institute Press


362 pages




Drawing on declassified US government documents and interviews with retired US Navy personnel, as well as some published accounts and interviews from Vietnamese sources, this book describes the impact of the Tonkin Gulf incidents on the escalation of the Vietnam War. It describes covert raids against North Vietnam conducted by the US in 1964; the incident that occurred on August 2, 1964; the mistaken report of an incident on August 4, when no actual attack occurred; the evidence from the destroyers and other sources about the alleged attack; the retaliation by the US; and further escalation. (Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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