Top critical review
More history than theory
Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2014
"People's War People's Army" has more theory than the author's "Military Art of People's War", but that is not saying much. This work is more of a detailed history of the Vietnam war from the 1940s through 1960 or 61, with some commentary on the underlying theory, and a lot of anti-American, and anti-French propaganda.
To its credit, this book does an excellent job of describing the strategic and operational level thinking of the Vietnamese communists in the period covered. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone studying the Vietnam war, so they can get a well rounded perspective of goals and intentions of the Vietnamese communists.
I was hoping for more discussion of Vietnamese military theory, but the underlying theory behind the North Vietnamese military plans and actions was not well addressed. Strategic thinking was articulated, but how they decided on these ends and ways was not. On the other hand, Giap recommended "The Resistance War Will Win" by Truong Chinh, so I guess I know what my next book will be.
E. M. Van Court