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The Vietnam War
Shane-Armstrong, R.
Publication Information:
Farmington Hills, MI : Greenhaven Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
237 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.

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Greenhaven's Great Speeches in History series offers students an opportunity to broaden their knowledge and conception of history by studying some of the greatest speeches ever delivered before an audience. Each volume traces a specific historical era, event, or issue -- such as the American Revolution, World War II, or human rights -- with both famous and lesser-known speeches. An introductory essay sets the stage by presenting background and context. Next, a collection of speeches grouped in chapters delineates the theme of the book. Each selection is preceded by a brief introduction that offers historical context, biographical information about the speaker, and an analysis of the speech that follows. A comprehensive index and an annotated table of contents help readers quickly locate material of interest, and a bibliography serves as a launching point for further research. Finally, an appendix of author biographies provides detailed background on each speaker's life and work. Taken together, each volume in the Great Speeches in History series brings history vibrantly alive and demonstrates the potency of the spoken word. Book jacket.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-After an introductory overview, this collection of speeches provides insight into the lengthy conflict. It opens with an excerpt from Ho Chi Minh's Declaration of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 and ends with Bill Clinton's "A Declaration of Interdependence between the United States and Vietnam" during his November 2000 visit. The chronologically arranged entries cover all phases of the conflict and the American speakers represent viewpoints from across the ideological spectrum, from Barry Goldwater to Martin Luther King, Jr. There are only three speeches from Vietnamese leaders. Introductory information places each selection in context. While these speeches will help researchers understand the ideological and policy basis of American and Vietnamese conduct of the war, this book is very similar in content to William Dudley's The Vietnam War: Opposing Viewpoints (Greenhaven, 1997), which contains four of the same speeches. Five other military and civilian leaders are also represented in both books and their speeches or documents are similar in tone or content. This volume is a good additional source for primary documents for those libraries that do not own the earlier title.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Ho Chi MinhHarry S. TrumanJohn Foster DullesJohn F. KennedyWayne MorseLyndon B. JohnsonHo Chi MinhLe DuanGeorge W. BallWilliam C. WestmorelandDean RuskBarry GoldwaterCarl OglesbyMartin Luther King Jr.J. William FulbrightRobert F. KennedyLyndon B. JohnsonRichard M. NixonJohn KerryRichard M. NixonJames H. WebbRonald ReaganGeorge P. ShultzWilliam Jefferson Clinton
Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Chapter 1 Prewar Diplomacy
1. The Vietnamese Declaration of Independencep. 32
2. The Truman Doctrinep. 36
3. The United States Should Consider Intervention in Vietnamp. 39
4. The United States Should Be Cautious About Intervention in Vietnamp. 44
Chapter 2 American Intervention
1. U.S. Foreign Policy Is Leading Toward War in Vietnamp. 52
2. The United States Must Fight Communist Aggression in Vietnamp. 60
3. The United States Is the Aggressor in Vietnamp. 69
4. The Vietnamese People Will Defeat the Imperialist Aggressorsp. 74
Chapter 3 The War Abroad
1. The Vietnam War Is an External Aggression, Not a Local Conflictp. 78
2. The United States Will Defeat the Communist Aggressorsp. 87
3. The United States Must Fight with Limited Means for Limited Objectivesp. 92
4. The United States Must Fight to Win the Vietnam Warp. 96
Chapter 4 The War at Home
1. U.S. Corporate Liberalism Creates and Sustains the Vietnam Warp. 104
2. The Vietnam War Is a Symptom of an American Spiritual Maladyp. 113
3. U.S. Imperial Foreign Policy Is Creating Two Wars: The War Abroad and the War at Homep. 127
4. The United States Cannot Win the Vietnam Warp. 138
Chapter 5 American Withdrawal
1. De-Escalation and Renunciation in Search of Peace in Vietnamp. 145
2. Americans Should Support the Vietnamization Plan for Ending the Vietnam Warp. 156
3. Vietnam Veterans Call for Withdrawal from the Vietnam Warp. 166
4. The United States Is Bringing Peace with Honor to Vietnamp. 174
Chapter 6 Postwar Legacy
1. The Invisible Vietnam Veteranp. 180
2. The Unknown Soldier of the Vietnam Warp. 184
3. Foreign Policy Lessons of the Vietnam Warp. 188
4. A Declaration of Interdependence Between the United States and Vietnamp. 195
Appendix of Biographiesp. 206
Chronologyp. 224
For Further Researchp. 231
Indexp. 234