Ashes to Ashes: The Phoenix Program and the Vietnam War
Envisioned as a means of rooting out and destroying Vietnam's Communist underground, the Phoenix Program is examined in depth for the first time to reveal the facts behind a program that some praised as the best path to victory and others reviled as a pretext for murder.
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