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Widely regarded as a classic on the Vietnam War, Decent Interval provides a scathing critique of the CIA's role in and final departure from that conflict. Still the most detailed and respected account of America's final days in Vietnam, the book was written at great risk and ultimately at great sacrifice by an author who believed in the CIA's cause but was disillusioned by the agency's treacherous withdrawal, leaving thousands of Vietnamese allies to the mercy of an angry enemy. A quarter-century later, it remains a riveting and powerful testament to one of the darkest episodes in American history.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword by Gloria Emerson
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Preface to the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Preface to the First Edition
  2. pp. xix-xxii
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  1. Principal Cast of Characters
  2. pp. xxiii-xxvi
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  1. Part I: First Rites
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. Homecoming
  2. pp. 3-17
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  1. A Great Day
  2. pp. 18-30
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  1. In Good Faith
  2. pp. 31-38
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  1. Leaves from a Pocket Notebook
  2. pp. 39-47
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  1. Son of Cease-Fire
  2. pp. 48-65
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  1. Martin's Embassy
  2. pp. 66-90
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  1. Nibblers and Anti-Nibblers
  2. pp. 91-106
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  1. Fiscal Whores
  2. pp. 107-124
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  1. Part II: The Unraveling
  2. pp. 125-126
  1. Improvisatory Offensive
  2. pp. 127-141
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  1. A Thousand Cuts
  2. pp. 142-149
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  1. Hail-Fellow
  2. pp. 150-158
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  1. Pyrrhic Victories
  2. pp. 159-169
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  1. Blossoming Lotus
  2. pp. 170-184
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  1. Light at the Top
  2. pp. 185-204
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  1. Glass Mountain
  2. pp. 205-216
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  1. Black Box
  2. pp. 217-229
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  1. Cannonball to Papa Lima
  2. pp. 230-244
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  1. Ides of March
  2. pp. 245-261
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  1. Piece of My Tongue
  2. pp. 262-276
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  1. Part III: Collapse
  2. pp. 277-278
  1. Primary Responsibility
  2. pp. 279-291
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  1. Limp Little Rags
  2. pp. 292-305
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  1. The Bombing
  2. pp. 306-317
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  1. Spotlighting
  2. pp. 318-328
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  1. Eagle Pull
  2. pp. 329-341
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  1. Discarded Luxury
  2. pp. 342-357
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  1. Worst Case
  2. pp. 358-370
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  1. Controlled Conditions
  2. pp. 371-379
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  1. Panic Button
  2. pp. 380-391
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  1. A Bargain Whose Day Has Passed
  2. pp. 392-401
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  1. Secret Caller
  2. pp. 402-413
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  1. Polarized Thinking
  2. pp. 414-426
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  1. High-Class Chauffeur
  2. pp. 427-437
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  1. Our Turn
  2. pp. 438-450
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  1. They're in the Halls
  2. pp. 451-472
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  1. Morning
  2. pp. 473-507
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  1. Afternoon
  2. pp. 508-534
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  1. Evening
  2. pp. 535-562
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  1. Postscript: Internal Hemorrhaging
  2. pp. 563-580
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  1. CIA's Official Recommendation for Honor and Merit Award for Frank Snepp
  2. pp. 581-582
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 583-590
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 591-591
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  1. Gallery
  2. pp. 592-607
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780700620654
Related ISBN
9780700612130
MARC Record
OCLC
927384626
Pages
616
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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