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Title:
Light at the end of the tunnel : a Vietnam War anthology
Author:
Rotter, Andrew Jon.
Edition:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Wilmington, Del. : SR Books, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
xxxiv, 440 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
General Note:
Originally published: [New York] : St. Martin's Press, 1991.
Language:
English
Contents:
Ho Chi Minh: the untried gamble / Robert Shaplen -- The United States, France, and the First Indochina War / George C. Herring -- Dwight D. Eisenhower and wholehearted support of Ngo Dinh Diem / David L. Anderson -- Geneva, 1954: the precarious peace / Ellen J. Hammer -- The CIA comes to Vietnam / Edward Geary Lansdale -- No "non-essential areas": Kennedy and Vietnam / Herbert S. Parmet -- The Tonkin Gulf Resolution / Robert McNamara -- Groping toward escalation / Lloyd C. Gardner -- The Tet Offensive / Larry Berman -- A dissenter in the government / George W. Ball -- Bombing Hanoi, mining Haiphong, and the Moscow Summit / Stephen E. Ambrose -- The failure of force / Gareth Porter -- Stabbed in the back / William Colby -- The birth of the National Liberation Front / Truong Nhu Tang, with David Chanoff and Doan Van Toai -- The people and the Americans / Konrad Kellen -- Why the communists won / William Duiker -- The National Liberation Front and the land / Tom Mangold and John Penycate -- Getting hit / Philip Caputo -- Feeling cold / Wallace Terry -- Nursing and disillusionment / Lynda van Devanter -- "They did not know good from evil" / Tim O'Brien -- Assessing the military's performance / Bruce Palmer, Jr. -- Military mismanagement / Loren Baritz -- My Lai: the killing begins / Michael Bilton and Kevin Sim -- The war in Laos / Timothy N. Castle -- Bombing Cambodia: a critique / William Shawcross -- Bombing Cambodia: a defense / Henry A. Kissinger -- A clash of cultures / Frances FitzGerald -- A bureaucratic tangle / James C. Thomson. Jr. -- An act of imperialism / Noam Chomsky -- A defense of freedom / Norman Podhoretz -- A perfect technowar / James William Gibson -- Working-class war / Christian G. Appy -- Seeds of a movement / Tom Wells -- Women at the barricades, then and now / Myra MacPherson -- Returning to South Vietnam / Neil Sheehan -- A deserter and his family / Gloria Emerson -- Agent Orange and the wall at home / Bobbie Ann Mason -- Letting go / Le Ly Hayslip.
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ISBN:
9780842027137
Format :
Book

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This volume provides an account of the Vietnam War. Starting with Ho Chi Minh's revolt against the French, the book takes the reader through the succeeding years as scholars, government officials and others recount the important events and examine issues that arose during this tumultuous time.


Table of Contents

Robert ShaplenGeorge C. HerringDavid L. AndersonEllen J. HammerEdward Geary LansdaleHerbert S. ParmetRobert McNamaraLloyd C. GardnerLarry BermanGeorge W. BallStephen E. AmbroseGareth PorterWilliam ColbyTruong Nhu Tang and David Chanoff and Doan Van ToaiKonrad KellenWilliam DuikerTom Mangold and John PenycatePhilip CaputoWallace TerryLynda Van DevanterTim O'BrienBruce Palmer, Jr.Loren BaritzMichael Bilton and Kevin SimTimothy N. CastleWilliam ShawcrossHenry A. KissingerFrances FitzGeraldJames C. Thomson, Jr.Noam ChomskyNorman PodhoretzJames William GibsonChristian G. AppyTom WellsMyra MacPhersonNeil SheehanGloria EmersonBobbie Ann MasonLe Ly Hayslip
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Part 1 A Chronology of U.S. Intervention
Chapter 1 Getting In, 1945-1952p. 3
1 Ho Chi Minh: The Untried Gamblep. 5
2 The United States, France, and the First Indochina Warp. 19
Chapter 2 Fighting Shy, 1953-1961p. 31
3 Dwight D. Eisenhower and Wholehearted Support of Ngo Dinh Diemp. 33
4 Geneva, 1954: The Precarious Peacep. 47
5 The CIA Comes to Vietnamp. 57
Chapter 3 Digging In, 1961-1968p. 65
6 No "Non-Essential Areas": Kennedy and Vietnamp. 66
7 The Tonkin Gulf Resolutionp. 76
8 Groping toward Escalationp. 86
9 The Tet Offensivep. 105
10 A Dissenter in the Governmentp. 115
Chapter 4 Getting Out, 1968-1975p. 125
11 Bombing Hanoi, Mining Haiphong, and the Moscow Summitp. 126
12 The Failure of Forcep. 138
13 Stabbed in the Backp. 150
Part 2 In Country
Chapter 5 The American Enemyp. 163
14 The Birth of the National Liberation Frontp. 164
15 The People and the Americansp. 173
16 Why the Communists Wonp. 180
17 The National Liberation Front and the Landp. 190
Chapter 6 The Battlefieldp. 195
18 Getting Hitp. 197
19 Feeling Coldp. 202
20 Nursing and Disillusionmentp. 207
21 "They Did Not Know Good from Evil"p. 215
Chapter 7 The Militaryp. 223
22 Assessing the Military's Performancep. 224
23 Military Mismanagementp. 236
24 My Lai: The Killing Beginsp. 249
Part 3 Controversies and Consequences of American Involvement
Chapter 8 Laos and Cambodiap. 265
25 The War in Laosp. 266
26 Bombing Cambodia: A Critiquep. 273
27 Bombing Cambodia: A Defensep. 284
Chapter 9 Interpreting the Warp. 295
28 A Clash of Culturesp. 297
29 A Bureaucratic Tanglep. 314
30 An Act of Imperialismp. 323
31 A Defense of Freedomp. 343
32 A Perfect Technowarp. 353
Chapter 10 The War at Homep. 365
33 Working-Class Warp. 367
34 Seeds of a Movementp. 379
35 Women at the Barricades, Then and Nowp. 392
Chapter 11 The Legacy of the Warp. 401
36 Returning to South Vietnamp. 403
37 A Deserter and His Familyp. 412
38 Agent Orange and the Wall at Homep. 417
Chapter 12 Afterwordp. 425
39 Letting Gop. 427
List of Sourcesp. 437