America's Last Vietnam Battle

Halting Hanoi's 1972 Easter Offensive

Dale Andrade

In the spring of 1972, North Vietnam launched a massive military offensive designed to deliver the coup de grace to South Vietnam and its rapidly disengaging American ally. But an overconfident Hanoi misjudged its opponents who, led by American military advisers and backed by American airpower, were able to hold off the North's onslaught in what became the biggest battle of a very long war.

Dale Andrade rescues this epic engagement from its previous neglect to tell a riveting tale of heroism against great odds. Originally published in cloth in 1995 as Trial by Fire and drawing upon recent Vietnamese-language sources, this new paperback edition will finally allow a true classic on the war to reach the wide readership it deserves.

“One of the best books on the Vietnam War.”

Washington Post Book World

“A masterful account of the last great engagement of the Vietnam War in which American forces participated. Andradé does his subject proud and sets a high standard for any who follow.”

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About the Author

Dale Andrad, a historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, is the author of Ashes to Ashes: The Phoenix Program and the Vietnam War and coauthor of Spies and Commandos: How America Lost the Secret War in North Vietnam.

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