Item description for A History of the Ho Chi Minh Trail: The Road to Freedom by Virginia Morris & Clive A. Hills...
Virginia Morris and Clive Hills (photographer) were the first Westerners to traverse the entire length of the Trail which included walking 700km in Laos across one of the worlds most heavily bombed mountain ranges. They traced the footsteps of the hundreds of thousands who designed, built, used and fought along it.
The Ho Chi Minh Trail was a decisive factor in the defeat of American forces in the Vietnam War. At the peak of its 16 years' operation, the Trail ran through North and South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Despite an estimated 4 million tons of US bombs, efforts to stop the transport of essential goods to the North Vietnamese Army over the Trail failed, and by the end of the war over a million tons of supplies had been transported and 2 million troops had traversed the Trail.
The material presented in this book covers both the American/South Vietnamese and North Vietnamese story. They interviewed villagers along the Trail, as well as key military and political figures on both sides of the conflict, including the mastermind of the Trail, Vietnam's General Vo Nguyen Giap and the longest servicing commander of the Trail General Dong Si Nguyen.
The Road to Freedom presents information which has never been published in the West before. So in-depth and new to the West is the research work from North Vietnam, that one of the American Special Forces who operated there covertly, said: `I wish I had had this information in 1969!' General Giap now 95 personally said about the publication: `All books on Vietnam must have maps like The Road to Freedom'. The book gives a balanced and fascinating account of this most remarkable feat of engineering and tactical warfare of the Vietnam War era.
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Studio: Orchid Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 7" Height: 9.75" Weight: 1.45 lbs.
Release Date Oct 25, 2006
Publisher Orchid Press
ISBN 9745240761 ISBN13 9789745240766
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More About Virginia Morris & Clive A. Hills
Virginia Morris currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York. Virginia Morris was born in 1955.
Reviews - What do customers think about A History of the Ho Chi Minh Trail: The Road to Freedom?
Valuable history Jan 7, 2008
While I have read a number of books on different aspects of the Vietnam War none of them specifically focussed on the Ho Chi Minh Trail (HCMT).
This excellent book gives a clear description of the development of the Trail, at different stages of the war, and also in response to attempts to disrupt the flow of supplies by intense US bombing. The book deals with the HCMT on the ground - leaving aside the more detailed political coverage of the war (eg. in Washington) which has been dealt with by other authors.
Based on research including interviews with surviving (North) Vietnamese officers closely involved with the development of the Trail, as well as extensive travel in Vietnam and Laos, the British author has written a blend of history and travel which is never dry to read. Sometimes such a blend does not work, but with this book the arduous travel conditions, especially in Laos, add a human dimension to the difficulties of terrain and climate faced by those who worked on the Trail.
Excellent maps and photographs compliment the text, and useful appendicies give some wider historical context, organisational details of Vietnamese military units along the trail, and details of US herbicide spraying.
At the end of the book the author states that "because of the ties to Communism the West will never recognize (the HCMT) as one of man's greatest military achievements". This book will help to bring a greater appreciation of the Trail at the organisational and human levels, and will reward anyone interested in understanding how the HCMT became such a critical factor in the outcome of the war.