WILLIAM PROCHNAU: ONCE UPON A DISTANT WAR: YOUNG WAR CORRESPONDENTS AND THEIR EARLY VIETNAM BATTLES

Chapter 1: A Nice Little War in a Land of Tigers and Elephants
3-12 Great material on the setting of Vietnam
14 Nothing was as it seemed
15-18 Ngo Dinh Diem
19-20 Who was fooling whom?
24-26 Project Build-up; New Face of War

Chapter 2: The Changing of the Guard
31 A new kind of war correspondent
33 Korea contrasted with Vietnam
38 Bigart's "All-American Dummy Act"
40-43 U.S. government denials that we were in a "war"
44-45 Helicopters
47-48 Diem survives coups [what is a coup anyway]
49 "Sink or swim with Ngo Dinh Diem"
54 It doesn't work—that's the story

Chapter 3: What Fools We Mortals
58 Difficult role of John Mecklin: press versus U.S. government
65 Small footbridges: my experience
67 McNamara's zest for statistical analysis
71 Paragraph on McNamara
72-76 Strategic Hamlets: Pham Ngoc Thao

Chapter 4: Old Man, Young Man
86-87 Descriptive material on South Vietnam
88-89 Advisory effort; John Paul Vann
90 The war was right; the strategy was wrong

Chapter 5: We Band of Brothers
108-109 Peter Arnett; my brief time with him
122-123 Madame Nhu
125-126 Cercle Sportif: Sully, Westmoreland

Chapter 6: Halberstam's War
137 Foreign correspondents: objectivity v. visa
140-141 Halberstam's view of U.S. role
154-155 Nicknames for the war in Vietnam

Chapter 7: The Making of an Angry Man
156-165 Halberstam's operating style
174 Halberstam's anger: was this bad/good for the U.S.

Chapter 8: The Rebels in the Field—The Colonels
Analyze dissidence on the Saigon side as manifested in coups. What comparable dissidence occurred on the U.S. side?
188-197 Conflicts between rival U.S. military services
208-211 Senator Mansfield

Chapter 9: Turning Point
224-228 Battle of Ap Bac. Catch the details.
236-237 General York
243-244 U.S. reactions

Chapter 10: Warning Shots
245-246 What is the proper role of the press?
247 Paragraph on "two turning points"
253-254 Favorable opinions of the press
256 Madame Nhu conducted her business in French
259 What did it mean to "turn"?
260-261 Don't miss all the pictures

Chapter 11: Battle Stations
274 Analyze this page carefully, beginning with the second paragraph
294 Last paragraph

Chapter 12: Firefight on the Eightfold Noble Path
This is a key chapter for us. Buddhist crisis deepens.
300-322 Who are the players? What is their agenda? How are they using each other to advance their agenda?

Chapter 13: Maggie and the Rover Boys
347 Henry Cabot Lodge
357-362 Battle between press and U.S. government increases

Chapter 14: Flight of the Pigeons
Note how hard it was (compared to now) for the correspondents to communicate with their home office in the U.S.
366-371 Diem orders attack on Buddhist pagodas.
390-393 Washington cable: ok to dump Diem

Chapter 15: The Armada
407-408 Walter Cronkite interview with JFK: stay or leave?

Chapter 16: Teetering
436-444 Analyze the plotting against Diem
457-459 Deniability

Chapter 17: The End of the Beginning
This is another key chapter.
460-484 Analyze the details of how the coup took place.

Chapter 18: Roll Call
485 Lies