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Vietnam and the transformation of American life
Buzzanco, Robert.
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Malden, MA : Blackwell Publishers, 1999.
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276 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.

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The Vietnam War, which dominated American life during the 1960s, helped to create, radicalize, and alter social and political life in the US.

Author Notes

Robert Buzzanco is Associate Professor of History at the University of Houston. He is the author of Masters of War: Military Dissent and Politics in the Vietnam Era (1996), which received the Stuart L. Bernath Prize for best book in diplomatic history in 1996. In 1998 he was named as outstanding young scholar in his field by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

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Buzzanco (history, Univ. of Houston) has written a brief interpretative text focusing on the interconnections between the Vietnam War and various social and political movements for change in the 1960s. Unlike other such texts, this one treats the war in the first half of the book and social movements related to the war in a separate section; Buzzanco states that in his teaching he has found that the subject matter flows more easily when demarcated in this way. The author also clearly takes a stand on the subject matter he covers, tilting to the historiographical Left. He argues that throughout the 1960s the American government "tried to limit movements that were based on the idea that individuals . . . should have a decisive voice in choosing the nature of their society." Thus "Vietnamese peasants, poor African-Americans, and middle-class college students" found themselves generally oppressed during the 1960s. This binary approach damages an otherwise very well written and researched overview. Recommended with some hesitation. Undergraduates. A. O. Edmonds Ball State University

Table of Contents

Introduction: Intersection: The Vietnam War and the Social and Political Movements of the 1960s
Part I The Vietnam War
1 Containment, Liberalism, and Vietnam: Background to the American War
2 Why (Not) Vietnam? The Vietnamese, the French, and the Americans to 1960
3 Destroying the Country to Save It: The American War on Vietnam, 1960-1968
4 The Empire Strikes Back: The Vietnam War from 1968 to 1975
Part II The Movements of the 1960s
5 Hope and Anguish: Background to the 1960s
6 Love Me, I'm a Liberal: Vietnam and the Politics of the 1960s
7 The Wars at Home: Civil Rights and Women's Liberation
8 One, Two, Three,Four, What are We Fightin' For? The War and American Culture
9 At War with Vietnam . . . Still: The Impact and Legacy of the War and the 1960s