Vietnam: An American Ordeal

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  • Edition: 6th
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  • Copyright: 2009-02-24
  • Publisher: Routledge
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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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Great Book May 10, 2011
This is one of the very best textbooks on America's Vietnam experience. Unlike most general histories of U.S. involvement in Vietnam which are 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 used textbook and the cover and pages are in really good condition. I give my highest recommendation.
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