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Title:
America's war in Vietnam : a short narrative history
Author:
Addington, Larry H.
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Publication Information:
Bloomington, Ind. : Indiana University Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xii, 191 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780253336910

9780253213600
Format :
Book

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Drawing on years of experience teaching about the war, Larry H. Addington presents a short, narrative history of the origins, course, and outcome of America's military involvement in Vietnam. Not intended as a competitor to the many excellent comprehensive studies of the Vietnam Era, this book will prove a useful introduction and a concise reference to America's longest, most controversial war.

Addington reviews the history of pre-colonial Vietnam, the impact of French imperialism and the Indochina War, and the Cold War origins of American involvement. He then details U.S. policy after the 1954 Geneva Accords, its role in the establishment of South Vietnam, and the outbreak of a new war. Turning to America's deepening involvement, Addington examines the U.S. strategies for waging air and ground war, the impact of the war at home, and the reasons for the failure of U.S. policy under President Johnson. He studies the successes and failures of the policy of withdrawal under President Nixon and concludes with an overview of the war's aftermath and its legacy.


Summary

This book has been long needed: a concise, complete and dispassionate survey of the Vietnam War.... Best of all, the no-nonsense approach answers questions as soon as they arise in the reader's mind." --Kliatt

If there is such a thing as an objective account [of the Vietnam War], this is it.... If you want to read one book about Vietnam, read this one." --New York Review of Books

A short, narrative history of the origins, course, and outcome of America's military involvement in Vietnam by an experienced guide to the causes and conduct of war, Larry H. Addington. He begins with a history of Vietnam before and after French occupation, the Cold War origins of American involvement, the domestic impact of American policies on public support, and the reasons for the ultimate failure of U.S. policy.


Author Notes

Larry H. Addington is Professor Emeritus of History at The Citadel. He has been a guest lecturer at the Naval War College, the Marine Command and Staff College, and at various Army schools. He is author of The Blitzkrieg Era, The Patterns of War Through the Eighteenth Century, and The Patterns of War Since the Eighteenth Century.


Table of Contents

List of Maps
Acknowledgments
Some Abbreviations Used in the Text
1 The Geography and History of Vietnam to World War Two
2 The Career of Ho Chi Minh to 1939
3 World War Two and America's Collaboration with Ho
4 America and the Indochina War, 1946-1954
5 Eisenhower and the Road to the Vietnam War, 1954-60
6 Kennedy's War: Counter-Insurgency and the Fall of Diem, 1961-1963
7 Johnson's War I: To the Brink, 1964
8 Johnson's War II: The Year of the Plunge, 1965
9 Johnson's War III: Moving Toward Defeat, 1966-1967
10 Johnson's War IV: The Turning Year, 1968
11 Nixon's War I: The Strategy of Withdrawal, 1969-1970
12 Nixon's War II: The Final Round, 1971-1972
13 The Paris Peace Accords and the Fall of Indochina, 1973-1975
14 Aftermath and Summing Up
Selected Bibliography
Index
List of Maps
Acknowledgments
Some Abbreviations Used in the Text
1 The Geography and History of Vietnam to World War Two
2 The Career of Ho Chi Minh to 1939
3 World War Two and America's Collaboration with Ho
4 America and the Indochina War, 1946-1954
5 Eisenhower and the Road to the Vietnam War, 1954-60
6 Kennedy's War: Counter-Insurgency and the Fall of Diem, 1961-1963
7 Johnson's War I: To the Brink, 1964
8 Johnson's War II: The Year of the Plunge, 1965
9 Johnson's War III: Moving Toward Defeat, 1966-1967
10 Johnson's War IV: The Turning Year, 1968
11 Nixon's War I: The Strategy of Withdrawal, 1969-1970
12 Nixon's War II: The Final Round, 1971-1972
13 The Paris Peace Accords and the Fall of Indochina, 1973-1975
14 Aftermath and Summing Up
Selected Bibliography
Index

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