American Tragedy

American Tragedy

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by David Kaiser
     
 

In what will become the classic account, based on newly opened archival sources, David Kaiser rewrites what we know about the Vietnam War. Reviving and expanding a venerable tradition of political, diplomatic, and military history, he shows not only why we entered the war, but also why our efforts were doomed to fail. American Tragedy is the first book to drawSee more details below

Overview

In what will become the classic account, based on newly opened archival sources, David Kaiser rewrites what we know about the Vietnam War. Reviving and expanding a venerable tradition of political, diplomatic, and military history, he shows not only why we entered the war, but also why our efforts were doomed to fail. American Tragedy is the first book to draw on complete official documentation and decisively challenges widely held assumptions about the roles of Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674006720
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/30/2002
Series:
Belknap Press Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
610
Sales rank:
1,403,665
Product dimensions:
1.27(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Eisenhower Administration and Indochina: 1954-1960

2. No War in Laos: January-June 1961

3. A New Effort in Vietnam: January-August 1961

4. War or Peace? September-November 1961

5. Limiting the Commitment: November 1961-November 1962

6. The War in Vietnam: 1962

7. A Gathering Storm: January-July 1963

8. The Buddhist Crisis and the Cable of August 24: 1963

9. The Coup: August-November 1963

10. A Decision for War: November 1963-April 1964

11. To the Tonkin Gulf: April-August 1964

12. Planning for War: September-December 1964

13. Over the Edge: December 1964-March 1965

14. War in Secret: March-June 1965

15. War in Public: June-July 1965

16. Bad History, Wrong War

Epilogue: Tragedy and History

Dedication

Abbreviations

Notes

Acknowledgments

Illustration Credits

Index

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