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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–Vietnam: An American Ordeal synthesizes the perspectives to explore both dimensions of the struggle in greater depth, elucidating more of the complexities of the U.S.-Vietnam entanglement.
This text provides a comprehensive narrative history of the U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia -- from the mid-1940s to the mid-1970s. It takes a balanced, unbiased look at all aspects of the war, and discusses why Americans tried so hard so long to stop the spread of Communism into Indochina, and why they failed.
Table of Contents
|Origins of American Intervention in Southeast Asia|
|The Japanese Occupy Indochina|
|The Vietnamese Revolution, August 1945 America Supports the French Return to Indochina|
|The French Indochina War, 1946-1954|
|The French Return to Indochina Franco-Vietminh Non-Negotiations|
|The French Indochina War Begins A Developing Franco-American|
|Partnership America Extends Containment to Southeast Asia|
|The Road to Dien Bien Phu|
|The Battle of Dien Bien Phu, 1954 America Sees Failure and Opportunity|
|The Geneva Conference|
|Lessons from a War|
|Americarsquo;s Diem Experiment|
|The Formation of SEATO|
|The Advent of Ngo Dinh Diem Diem Struggles to Survive|
|The Battle for Saigon, April 27-May 3, 1955 Diem Consolidates His Regime|
|The Non-Elections of 1956 Social Revolution in North Vietnam Building a Nation in South Vietnam|
|ldquo;Diemocracyrdquo; in Action Roots of Revolution in South Vietnam|
|Hanoi Takes Control of the Southern|
|Insurgency Civil War in Laos A Failing Experiment Notes|
|America Raises the Stakes in Vietnam, 1961-1963|
|Cold War Crises|
|Crisis in Laos Shoring Up the Diem Regime A Limited Partnership|
|Social Revolution in South Vietnam Strains in the Limited Partnership|
|The Buddhist Crisis, May-August, 1963|
|The Decline of Ngo Dinh Diem|
|The Fall of Ngo Dinh Diem A Failed Limited Patnership|
|America Goes to War, 1964-1965|
|A Changing World Order|
|Doing the Same only|
|Doing More of It Coup Season in South Vietnam|
|The Gulf of Tonkin Incidents, August 2-4, 1964|
|The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution|
|The Election of 1964 Origins of the Air War over North Vietnam|
|The American Ground War in South Vietnam|
|Begins Lyndon Johnson Americanizes the Vietnam War|
|Waging Limited War in Vietnam, 1965-1968|
|The Concept of Limited War Initial Search and Destroy Operations Ia Drang|
|The Battle That Transformed a War Escalating the War on the Ground, 1966|
|The Big Unit War, 1967 War in the Central Highlands and|
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