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General Information

Name:  Andrew Allen Wiest  

Pen Name: Andrew Wiest, Andrew A. Wiest, Andy Wiest

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: October 28, 1960 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

He was born in Chicago, Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago with his PhD.

Biographical and Professional Information

Wiest is a historian, educator, writer, and editor. He has appeared on several documentaries for the History Channel, Granada Television and Lucasfilms and served as a commentator on military events for national news outlets including the ''San Francisco Chronicle'' and the ''Philidelphia Inquirer''.

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Titles At Your Library

Passchendaele and the Royal Navy: (Contributions in Military Studies)
ISBN: 0313290482

Praeger. 1995

There are two competitive views of Passchendaele and its commander, Sir Douglas Haig. One school contends that the battle was a very costly failure and that Sir Douglas Haig, the architect of the battle, was a blundering murderer. A second school of thought argues that Passchendaele was in many ways a success and that Haig learned much during the campaign and went on to put his learning to good use during the victorious offensive of 1918. This study removes some of the blame for the failure from Haig by examining the involvement of the Royal Navy in the planning and prosecution of the campaign. Documentary evidence demonstrates that the actions of the Admiralty were decisive in attracting the attention of the army to Flanders and in gaining approval for the battle itself. The Admiralty had a hitherto unknown effect on the prosecution of the battle. The fact that the British fought the battle for the wrong reasons and that the army on the coast waited while soldiers at Passchendaele died raises Passchendaele to an even higher plane of tragedy.

The Illustrated History of the Vietnam War
ISBN: 1571452664

Thunder Bay Pr. 2000

Though three decades old, the legacy of the 10,000-day war between Vietnam and the United States stills resonates in both countries and for the millions on both sides whose lives were forever touched by the conflict. In defense of the Domino Theory, the United States brought all its considerable military might to bear on a small, largely rural nation half a world away. The US spent $145,000,000 at 1974 prices, her aircraft dropped 8 million tons of bombs, and her armed forces suffered 46,370 fatalities. The North Vietnamese and Viet Cong accounted for 900,000 dead. This illustrated history documents every aspect of the war, from the role of the French, through all major actions, and up to the fall of South Vietnam. The book strives to understand not only the causes, but also the war's lasting legacy. Over 250 color and b/w photos bring the conflict to life again after all these years have passed.

War in the Age of Technology: Myriad Faces of Modern Armed Conflict
ISBN: 0814742513

NYU Press. 2001

Technology of one kind or another has always been a central ingredient in war. The Spartan king Archidamus, for instance, reacted with alarm when first witnessing a weapon that could shoot darts through the air. And yet during the past two centuries technology has played an unprecedented role in military affairs and thinking, and in the overall conduct of war. In addition, the impact of new technology on warfare has brought major social and cultural changes.

This volume explores the relationship between war, technology, and modern society over the course of the last several centuries. The two world wars, total conflicts in which industrial technology took a terrible human toll, brought great changes to the practice of organized violence among nations even so many aspect of military life and values remained largely unaffected. In the latter half of the twentieth century, technology in the form of nuclear deterrence appears to have prevented the global conflagration of world war while complicating and fueling ferocious regional contests.

A stimulating fusion of military and social history, extending back to the eighteenth century, and with contributions from such leading historians as Brian Bond, Paddy Griffith, and Neil McMillen, War in the Age of Technology will interest lay readers and specialists alike.

Pacific War: From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima 1941-45 (Campaigns of World War II) by Andrew A. Wiest (2001-02-01) (The campaigns of World War II)
ISBN: 1862271372

Spellmount. 2001

Rare book

Strategy and Tactics Infantry Warfare
ISBN: 0760314012

Zenith Press. 2002

Witness the amazing development of the role the soldier plays on the battlefield as technology has evolved over the past century. From WWI trenches to today's desert battlegrounds, infantry soldiers are integral components in modern warfare. Learn how their strategies and tactics have evolved, both to exploit and to counter new technology, through the use of specially commissioned maps, diagrams and insightful text. Illustrates harrowing battles fought and the tactics employed.

The Vietnam War 1956-1975 (Essential Histories)
ISBN: 0415968518

Routledge. 2003

First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Atlas of World War II

Amber Books Ltd.. 2007

Haig: The Evolution of a Commander (Potomac Books' Military Profiles series)
ISBN: 1574886835

Potomac Books Inc.. 2005

For years, Douglas Haig has been considered perhaps the most controversial military leader in British history. Today his career is at the center of a swirling historiographical debate concerning the nature of the First World War. The traditional school contends that Haig, like the majority of generals from both sides, were overmatched, hidebound relics of a bygone military age who could not come to grips with modern war. They allegedly sent their soldiers “over the top” in waves, with a criminal disregard for the mounting cost in lives. A new revisionist school contends that many Great War leaders, including Haig, were central to a phenomenal period of military innovation that laid the foundations for modern war. This so-called learning curve led from the killing fields of the Somme to the protoblitzkrieg tactics of the 100 Days Battles.

Having achieved a measure of fame in Britain’s colonial wars, Haig began the First World War as a corps commander and succeeded to command the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) in 1915. Under his leadership, the BEF fought its two signature battles of the Great War—at the Somme and Passchendaele. Haig’s role in the direction of these battles earned him a reputation as a “butcher and bungler,” the slaughter of the Somme and the muddy hell of Passchendaele forever tarnishing his reputation. However, as Andrew Wiest points out, in 1918 Haig was instrumental in winning one of the greatest victories in British military history. While the 100 Days Battles often go unnoticed or unappreciated in the history of World War I, obscured by the failures of earlier campaigns, it was here that modern war came of age. Haig’s role in that transformation makes him the central figure of the war on the Western Front.

Rolling Thunder in a Gentle Land: The Vietnam War Revisited (General Military)
ISBN: 1846032164

Osprey Publishing. 2007

From the Colonial War with France in the 1940s and 50s, through to the final evacuation of Saigon, each chapter of Rolling Thunder in a Gentle Land focuses on a different aspect of the Vietnam War. The 15 chapters are written by a diverse set of expert authors including participants in the war, journalists and historians, who give startling and, in some cases exclusive, insights into one of the most controversial conflicts of the 20th century. Officers from both the NVA and ARVN take a first-hand look at the strategy and tactics of both sides and give critical assessments of where the war went wrong Le Ly Hayslip, a Vietnamese civilian trapped between the Viet Cong and Southern authorities, provides a harrowing account of life for the typical South Vietnamese civilian caught up in the war and acclaimed historians and journalists, such as Bernard Edelman and Arnold Isaacs, take a critical look at the many aspects of the war from the river and air wars to the strategy and doctrine used by the USA forces and the controversial roll of the media in the war. Illustrated with contemporary color photography that evocatively complements the text, this book shows the Vietnam War in a radically new light.

Vietnam's Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN
ISBN: 081479467X

NYU Press. 2009

2009 Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award for Biography

Vietnam’s Forgotten Army: Heroism and Betrayal in the ARVN chronicles the lives of Pham Van Dinh and Tran Ngoc Hue, two of the brightest young stars in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN). Both men fought with valor in a war that seemed to have no end, exemplifying ARVN bravery and determination that is largely forgotten or ignored in the West. However, while Hue fought until he was captured by the North Vietnamese Army and then endured thirteen years of captivity, Dinh surrendered and defected to the enemy, for whom he served as a teacher in the reeducation of his former ARVN comrades.

An understanding of how two lives that were so similar diverged so dramatically provides a lens through which to understand the ARVN and South Vietnam’s complex relationship with Americas government and military. The lives of Dinh and Hue reflect the ARVNs battlefield successes, from the recapture of the Citadel in Hue City in the Tet Offensive of 1968, to Dinhs unheralded role in the seizure of Hamburger Hill a year later. However, their careers expose an ARVN that was over-politicized, tactically flawed, and dependent on American logistical and firepower support. Marginalized within an American war, ARVN faced a grim fate as U.S. forces began to exit the conflict. As the structure of the ARVN/U.S. alliance unraveled, Dinh and Hue were left alone to make the most difficult decisions of their lives.

Andrew Wiest weaves historical analysis with a compelling narrative, culled from extensive interviews with Dinh, Hue, and other key figures. Once both military superstars, Dinh is viewed by a traitor by many within the South Vietnamese community, while Hue, an expatriate living in northern Virginia, is seen as a hero who never let go of his ideals. Their experiences and legacies mirror that of the ARVNs rise and fall as well as the tragic history of South Vietnam.

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