Prodigal soldiers how the generation of officers born of Vietnam revolutionized the American style of war by James Kitfield

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Published by Simon & Schuster in New York .

Written in English

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Places:

  • United States

Subjects:

  • Military art and science -- United States -- History -- 20th century.,
  • Unified operations (Military science),
  • Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 -- Veterans.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [437]-452) and index.

Book details

StatementJames Kitfield.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsUA23 .K524 1995
The Physical Object
Pagination476 p. ;
Number of Pages476
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1109459M
ISBN 100671769251
LC Control Number94034848

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