This landmark study of the Vietnamese conflict, examined through the lens of the revolutionary and counter-revolutionary movements in the rural province of Long An up until American intervention in the area, offers a human, balanced, penetrating account of war. Two new forewords by Robert K. Brigham of Vassar College and Jeffrey Record of the Air War College explore the book's enduring influence. A new end chapter offers previously unpublished scholarship on the conflict.
Jeffrey Race, living in Asia since 1965, is a retired American military officer, a consultant to private firms and public bodies, and volunteer with many international charities.
“Without slighting the careful narrative of the first three chapters of WCLA, one must recognize that the work’s success in bringing clarity to its analysis of that attack owes much to its long neglected social science, to Jeffrey Race. This was true of the original 1972 edition of the book. It is even truer of the new edition; the additional chapter makes more robust both WCLA’s social science and its history.”—New Mandala ; Thailand-Laos-Cambodia Group
“I’ve gotten more out of re-reading War Comes to Long An . . . than just about anything other than Robert Warburton’s classic memoir, Eighteen Years in the Khyber, 1879–98 (1900).”—The American Interest