Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1966. First Edition. Hardcover. 515 pages, notes, appendix, index. 32 pages of photos, 30 maps. Black cloth with spine titles in red. Near fine copy in a very good dust jacket which has a faded spine. Jacket now protected in archival mylar. Near fine. Item #74402
Fall was a German emigre' both parents of whom were killed (his father tortured) by the Gestapo and National Socialists in World War II. Fall himself fought for the French Resistance, beginning at age 16. "Fall traveled to Vietnam in 1953, when the First Indochina War was being waged between the Viet Minh and French Union forces. Due to his French citizenship, Fall was allowed to accompany French soldiers and pilots into enemy territory. From his observations, Fall predicted the French would fail in Vietnam. When the French were defeated in the critical Battle of Dien Bien Phu, Fall claimed the United States was partly responsible for France's loss. Fall believed that the United States had not supported France to a sufficient extent during the First Indochina War." (Wikipedia). Later Fall predicted the United States defeat in Vietnam, because they U.S. failed to understand the culture.