Without Honor

Defeat in Vietnam and Cambodia, Updated Edition

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About the Book

In its revised and expanded second edition, this book—first published in 1983—provides a detailed review of the end of Vietnam War, showing the effects of reduced military aid to South Vietnam from 1972 to the Fall of Saigon. Drawing on the author’s eyewitness reporting and extensive research, the war’s harrowing final months are depicted, when ordinary Vietnamese civilians and soldiers endured catastrophic losses. The largely unremembered wars in Cambodia and Laos are examined, along with troubling parallels between the Vietnam War and America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.­

About the Author(s)

Arnold R. Isaacs, freelance writer and educator, was a foreign and Washington correspondent and editor for the Baltimore Sun. He lives in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Bibliographic Details

Arnold R. Isaacs
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages:
Bibliographic Info: ca. 35 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8635-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4584-1
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

From the previous edition:

• 1983 Notable Book of the Year—New York Times

• 1983 Notable Book of the Year—American Library Association

• Outstanding Academic Title—Choice

• “Firsthand account of the fall of South Vietnam told with great emotional impact by a journalist using previously classified materials.”—Booklist

• “…a stunning, authoritative, and ultimately disturbing account of the collapse of Indochina from 1972 to 1975…a definitive, beautifully written work”—Choice

• “The chapter called ‘The Fall of Saigon’ is reportage at its very best, conveying even now a breathtaking kind of immediacy…vivid recollections of key moments in the war, set down with honesty by a man who saw and felt deeply….A deeply personal and troubled account of the fall of South Vietnam and Cambodia in the 70’s by a reporter for the Baltimore Sun who was there to report on the action.”— New York Times

• “Isaacs’ fine, vivid detail complements the broad strokes of his interpretation”— Kirkus Reviews

• “This vivid account of events from the negotiating of the Paris agreement of January 1973 (‘peace with honor’) to the Communist victory in Vietnam in 1975 is indispensable for an understanding of the last phase of the Vietnam war. The author was a war correspondent in Indochina during those years and his firsthand descriptions of the impact of war on the Vietnamese people have seldom been equaled. He has supplemented personal observation with extensive research to produce a superb book, a well-documented indictment of the Washington, Saigon, and Hanoi regimes in this bloody debacle.”—Foreign Affairs

• “Isaacs, who covered the war in Indochina for the Baltimore Sun, may well have produced in this book the definitive study of the tragic final years of that conflict. Carefully documented and cogently reasoned, his writing also conveys a vivid sense of what it was like to live through those times.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

• “Isaacs’ portrayal of the long denouement in Laos, Cambodia, and South Vietnam is one of the finest written on any aspect of the Indochina experience…. a book which is detailed, soundly argued, beautifully written, and gripping.”—National Defense

• “An angry, sorrowful and impassioned book about the American defeat in Indochina…. engrossing…keep[s] the reader’s complete attention…Isaacs presents a unique perspective of events large and small. This is one of those books that anyone will find interesting. It should be required reading for those involved in the conduct of military and foreign policy.”—Military Review

• “A fascinating chronicle…rich in personal experience, compelling in detail, well documented, and judicious in its conclusions…gripping”—Sacred Heart University Review

• “Isaacs can be harshly critical of American policy, but he is scrupulously fair. Ideologues will take little comfort from this book; the flaws and failings of both sides are laid bare for all to see. He has told his story with rare skill; his book is a masterpiece of political reporting.”—University Publishing

•“The most complete account of the fall of Indochina… Isaacs has written a biting indictment of American policy…compelling.”—Reviews in American History

• “[Isaacs] succeeds so brilliantly that one almost wishes—before our near-universal national forgetfulness and instinct for self-justification take over for good—that all candidates for public office could be required to pass a public examination on its contents.”—Newsweek

• “A wonderful weave of Isaacs’ eyeball reporting and subsequent, intense research….. Isaacs has produced a raw but necessary history. In looking back, he is able to develop a painful emptiness inside all who knew or watched this war.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review