9780131925885

Vietnam : An American Ordeal

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  • ISBN13:

    9780131925885

  • ISBN10:

    0131925881

  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2006
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Summary

Vietnam: An American Ordealprovides a comprehensive narrative history of U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia, from 1942 to 1975. Unlike most general histories of U.S. involvement in Vietnam-which are either conventional, diplomatic or military histories-this 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

(Note: Each chapter concludes with Notes.)
Preface
Acknowledgments
A Place and a People
The Land
The Forge of History
Mission Civilisatrice
Emergent Vietnamese Nationalism
The Japanese Occupation
Roots of American Involvement
August Revolution
The Elephant and the Tiger
Return of the French
The Franco-Vietminh War
The Road to Dien Bien Phu
The Brink of War
The Geneva Solution
Lessons
An Experiment in Nation Building
Ngo Dinh Diem Takes Charge
Social Revolution in the North
Building a Nation in the South
Roots of Revolution
Land of a Million Elephants
A Failed Experiment
Raising the Stakes
Cold War Crises
A Limited Partnership
Social Revolution in the South
The Decline and Fall of Ngo Dinh Diem
A Failed Partnership
America Goes to War
The Same Only More
Coup Season
In Dubious Battle
The Election of 1964
Rolling Thunder
Dahlias and Gladioli
Americanizing the War
A Chain of Thunders
The Concept of Limited War
War of Attrition
Search and Destroy
La Drang: The Battle that Transformed a War
A Wider War
Thunder from the Air
Aerial Attrition Warfar
The Other War
Diplomatic Charades
War at Home
Year of the Monkey
Surprise Attack!
Stalemate
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