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Vietnam : An American Ordeal,9780130600332

Vietnam : An American Ordeal

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Edition:
4th
ISBN13:

9780130600332

ISBN10:
0130600334
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2002
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall
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Summary

For a variety of undergraduate-level history courses covering recent U.S. history and the U.S. experience in Vietnam, including courses in military history, modern U.S. diplomatic history, and courses on the Cold War and on Southeast Asia. This text provides a comprehensive narrative history of U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia, from 1942 to 1975with a concluding section that traces U.S.-Vietnam relations from the end of the war in 1975 to the present. Unlike most general histories of U.S. involvement in Vietnamwhich are either conventional diplomatic or military historiesthis text synthesizes the perspectives to explore both dimensions of the struggle in greater depth, elucidating more of the complexities of the U.S.-Vietnam entanglement. It explains why Americans tried so hard for so long to stop the spread of Communism in Indochina, and why they ultimately failed.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Vietnam: A Place and a People
1(33)
The Land
1(3)
The Forge of History
4(6)
The French Colonial Era
10(5)
The Rise of Vietnamese Nationalism
15(4)
The Japanese Occupation
19(4)
The Roots of American Involvement
23(2)
The August Revolution
25(9)
The Elephant and the Tiger
34(45)
The French Return
34(7)
The Franco-Vietminh War
41(5)
The Franco-American Partnership
46(9)
The Road to Dien Bien Phu
55(7)
To the Brink of War
62(3)
The Geneva Solution
65(5)
Lessons
70(9)
An Experiment in Nation Building
79(39)
Ngo Dinh Diem Takes Charge
79(10)
Social Revolution
89(5)
Building a Nation
94(8)
The Roots of Revolution
102(7)
The Land of a Million Elephants
109(2)
A Failed Experiment
111(7)
Raising the Stakes
118(38)
Cold War Crises
118(8)
A Limited Partnership
126(3)
Social Revolution in the South
129(8)
The Decline and Fall of Ngo Dinh Diem
137(9)
A Failed Partnership
146(10)
America Goes to War
156(49)
The Same Only More
156(4)
Coup Season
160(5)
In Dubious Battles
165(9)
The Election of 1964
174(2)
Rolling Thunder
176(9)
Dahlias and Gladioli
185(8)
Decisions to Wage an American War
193(12)
The Chain of Thunders
205(68)
The Concept of Limited War
205(4)
War of Attrition
209(4)
Search and Destroy
213(2)
The Battle That Changed the War
215(4)
A Wider War
219(11)
Thunder from the Air
230(7)
Aerial Attrition Warfare
237(4)
The Other War
241(8)
Diplomatic Charades
249(4)
War at Home
253(20)
The Year of the Monkey
273(60)
Surprise Attack!
273(12)
Political Crisis
285(7)
Johnson Agonistes
292(13)
The Televised War
305(4)
Talking and Fighting
309(10)
The Election of 1968
319(14)
A War to End a War
333(77)
Nixon and Kissinger
333(4)
Vietnamization
337(16)
An Army in Decline
353(4)
Widening the War: Cambodia
357(12)
Widening the War: Laos
369(4)
War Weariness
373(5)
The Nguyen Hue Offensive
378(12)
Neither Peace Nor Honor
390(20)
The End of the Tunnel
410(48)
Indecent Interval
410(2)
Homecoming
412(3)
The Postwar War
415(6)
Endgame
421(14)
After the Fall
435(5)
The Wounds Within
440(4)
The Spectre of Vietnam
444(3)
The Endless War
447(2)
Uneasy Relations
449(9)
A Pronunciation Guide for Vietnamese Words 458(2)
Tables 460(3)
Glossary 463(5)
Chronology of U.S. Involvement in Vietnam, 1942-1975 468(17)
Bibliography 485(36)
Books
485(25)
Articles
510(6)
Documents
516(1)
Archival and Unpublished Sources
517(1)
Literature: Poetry, Novels, Novelistic Memoirs, Novelistic Journalism
518(1)
Television Documentaries and Television Programs
518(1)
Films
519(1)
Vietnam Websites
519(2)
Index 521


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