Adventures in Two Worlds
Vietnam General and Vermont Professor
About the Book
In Part I the author discusses his experiences as Chief of Operations Analysis for Westmoreland during the 1966-67 phase of the Vietnam War. In 1969 he returns to Vietnam as Commanding General Force Artillery and Chief of Staff of Second Field Force, where his final action involves planning the 1970 Cambodian incursion. Turning down further promotions, in Part II he pursues a Ph.D. at Princeton on a campus alive with antiwar protest. We follow him to a tenured professorship at the University of Vermont, where his polling of U.S. generals who had served in Vietnam results in The War Managers, considered a classic book that sets forth their conflicting views on the conduct of that war.
About the Author
Douglas Xinnard graduated from West Point in the D-Day Class of 1944 and served in combat 1n World War II (Europe), the Korean War, and twice in the Vietnam war – the latter time as a Brigadier General. He retired in 1970 to pursue an academic career. After receiving the Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in 1973, he became a professor of political science at the University of Vermont. While there he took a leave of absence to serve as the Army’s first civilian Chief of Military History. After becoming Emeritus at Vermont he became a Visiting Professor at a number ot universities and war colleges. President Clinton appointed Kinnard as a Commissioner on the American Battle Monuments Commission. That position included participation in plann1ng and supervising the funding and construction of the World War II Memorial located on the Washington Mall. This is his eighth book.