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Respected for its thorough research, comprehensive coverage, and clear, readable style, America’s Longest War explores the origins of the thirty-year war for Vietnam. It seeks to explain how the United States became involved and the consequences of its actions for the Vietnamese as well as Americans. It assesses the multiple legacies of the war and offers guidance for students on what Americans should learn from this national experience that continues to resonate today.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: A Dead-End Alley: The United States, France, and the First Indochina War,1950-1954
CHAPTER 2: Our Offspring: Nation Building in South Vietnam, 1954-1961
CHAPTER 3: Limited Partnership: Kennedy and Diem, 1961-1963
CHAPTER 4: Enough, but Not Too Much: Johnson's Decisions for War, 1963-1965
CHAPTER 5: On the Tiger's Back: The United States at War, 1965-1967
CHAPTER 6: A Very Near Thing: The Tet Offensive and After, 1968
CHAPTER 7: A War for Peace: Nixon, Kissinger, and Vietnam, 1969-1973
CHAPTER 8: A "Postwar War" and the Legacy of Vietnam