Fire in the Lake

Title:                      Fire in the Lake

Author:                 Frances Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald, Frances (1972, 2002). Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam. Boston, MA: Little, Brown

LCCN:    2003543944

DS556.9 .F57 2002



  • First published in 1972

Date Posted:      March 6, 2017

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[1]

An outstanding study of the American pacification policy and the progress of the Viet Cong National Liberation Front. It gives the reader an understanding of Vietnamese politics in the light of such environmental factors as the traditional peasant society, French colonial rule, and modernization. There are numerous references to intelligence and covert operations, including the covert bombing of Laos in 1964, the counterinsurgency program, the impact of intelligence estimates, and the Phoenix program, which centralized certain counterespionage and counterterror operations.

[1] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 212

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