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A history of U.S. involvement
Dunn, John M., 1949-
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128 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Explains how the United States came to be involved in the Vietnam War, the key battles, opposition at home, and the consequences of the war.
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The Vietnam War was the longest war in American history. It was also the most controversial and devisive since the American Civil War. And it was one the United States failed to win. Disturbing questions concerning the use of military force that emerged in the 1960s and early 1970s still haunt policy makers today. This book details the causes of the American involvement in Vietnam, the great events that shook both Vietnam and the United States during the long conflict, and the painful consequences of war.

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Gr 6-8-Focusing on the American role in the Vietnam War, Dunn opens with background to the war, and then explains how our very limited initial involvement gradually became a quagmire that stretched over five presidencies, badly divided the country, and gave the U.S. its first defeat in war. He recounts the main military events of the conflict, examining how they influenced public and political opinion and our subsequent conduct of the war. He also discusses the widespread protests against the conflict and its legacies in both countries. Dunn is largely objective, but makes it clear that the U.S. involvement in Vietnam was a mistake that created lasting negative domestic and foreign-policy consequences. The text is supplemented by quotes from primary-source materials such as letters, diaries, and published accounts written by soldiers, nurses, and civilians. Average-quality, black-and-white photos illustrate the text, and there is only one map of the region. Although this is an adequate treatment of the topic, it has been covered in numerous extant titles. Albert Marrin's America and Vietnam (Viking, 1992; o.p.) is an excellent single-volume general overview of the entire conflict, and Kevin and Laurie Collier Hillstrom's four-volume set, the "UXL Vietnam War Reference Library" series (UXL, 2000), offers researchers a wealth of materials for reports and papers. This wide variety of available choices makes Dunn's title a supplementary purchase based upon need.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.