America's War in Vietnam: A Short Narrative History

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"This book has been long needed: a concise, complete and dispassionate survey of the
Vietnam War.... Best of all, the no-nonsense approach answers questions as soon as they arise in the reader's mind." —Kliatt

"If there is such a thing as an objective account [of the Vietnam War], this is it.... If you want to read one book about Vietnam,
read this one." —New York Review of Books

A short, narrative history of the origins, course, and outcome of...

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Overview

"This book has been long needed: a concise, complete and dispassionate survey of the
Vietnam War.... Best of all, the no-nonsense approach answers questions as soon as they arise in the reader's mind." —Kliatt

"If there is such a thing as an objective account [of the Vietnam War], this is it.... If you want to read one book about Vietnam,
read this one." —New York Review of Books

A short, narrative history of the origins, course, and outcome of America's military involvement in Vietnam by an experienced guide to the causes and conduct of war, Larry H. Addington. He begins with a history of Vietnam before and after French occupation, the Cold War origins of American involvement, the domestic impact of
American policies on public support, and the reasons for the ultimate failure of U.S.
policy.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

KLIATT
This book has long been needed: a concise, complete and dispassionate survey of the Vietnam War. Well indexed and with a good bibliography, it has obvious classroom utility and will make a good departure for more advanced study. It is also good for general readers. Those who wonder exactly what was happening during the long war years, and why, will also appreciate it. There are other historical overviews of the conflict in Indochina, but most suffer from an over-emphasis upon battles, tactics, and small-unit ground combat actions. The war's progress and ultimate culmination, however, rested upon the perceptions and actions of the highest levels of military and civilian command. It is here that the author's background shows to advantage. Professor Addington taught military history at the Citadel for many years, and was a frequent lecturer at the service war colleges and staff schools where he became familiar with the personalities and key issues that drove the war effort. He also is completely fair in his approach to the war's numerous controversies, writing with a total objectivity, which, compared with other writers, borders at times on the hygienic. The narrative is straightforward, broken down into numerous topics, and there are an adequate number of maps. Best of all, the no-nonsense approach answers questions as soon as they arise in the reader's mind. Recommended to school and public collections. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Indiana Univ. Press, 191p, bibliog, maps, 23cm, 99-41326, $12.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Raymond L. Puffer, Ph.D.; Historian, Edwards Air Force Base, CA, September 2000(Vol. 34 No. 5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253213600
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry H. Addington is Professor Emeritus of History at The Citadel. He has been a guest lecturer at the Naval War College, the Marine Command and Staff College, and at various Army schools. He is author of The Blitzkrieg Era, The Patterns of War Through the Eighteenth Century, and
The Patterns of War Since the Eighteenth Century.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Maps
Acknowledgments
Some Abbreviations Used in the
Text

1. The Geography and History of Vietnam to World War Two
2. The
Career of Ho Chi Minh to 1939
3. World War Two and America’s Collaboration with
Ho
4. America and the Indochina War, 1946-1954
5. Eisenhower and the Road to the Vietnam War, 1954-60
6. Kennedy’s War: Counter-Insurgency and the Fall of
Diem, 1961-1963
7. Johnson’s War I: To the Brink, 1964
8.
Johnson’s War II: The Year of the Plunge, 1965
9. Johnson’s War III: Moving
Toward Defeat, 1966-1967
10. Johnson’s War IV: The Turning Year,
1968
11. Nixon’s War I: The Strategy of Withdrawal, 1969-1970
12.
Nixon’s War II: The Final Round, 1971-1972
13. The Paris Peace Accords and the
Fall of Indochina, 1973-1975
14. Aftermath and Summing Up

Selected
Bibliography
Index

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