At the Water's Edge: American Politics and the Vietnam War (The American Ways Series)

At the Water's Edge: American Politics and the Vietnam War (The American Ways Series)

by Melvin Small
     
 

ISBN-10: 1566635934

ISBN-13: 9781566635936

Pub. Date: 05/25/2005

Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher

More than most wars in American history, the long and contentious Vietnam War had a profound effect on the home front, during the war and especially after. In At the Water's Edge, Melvin Small delivers the first study of the war's domestic politics. Most of the military and diplomatic decisions made by Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, Mr. Small shows, were

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More than most wars in American history, the long and contentious Vietnam War had a profound effect on the home front, during the war and especially after. In At the Water's Edge, Melvin Small delivers the first study of the war's domestic politics. Most of the military and diplomatic decisions made by Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, Mr. Small shows, were heavily influenced by election cycles, relations with Congress, the state of the economy, and the polls. Although all three presidents and their advisers claimed that these decisions were taken exclusively for national security concerns, much evidence suggests otherwise. In turn, the war had a transforming impact on American society. Popular perceptions of the "war at home" produced a dramatic and longstanding realignment in political allegiances, an assault on the media that still colors political debate today, and an economic crisis that weakened the nation for a decade after the last U.S. troops left Vietnam. Domestic conflict over the war led to the abolition of the draft, the curtailment of the intelligence agencies' unconstitutional practices, formal congressional restraints upon the imperial presidency, and epochal Supreme Court rulings that preserved First Amendment rights. The war ultimately destroyed the presidency of Lyndon Johnson and indirectly forced the resignation of Richard Nixon. Those presidents who followed through the remainder of the twentieth century constructed their foreign policies mindful that they would not survive politically if they were to lead the nation into another protracted limited war in the Third World.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566635936
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
05/25/2005
Series:
American Ways Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.08(d)

Table of Contents

1Saving South Vietnam, 1945-19633
2Winning an election while losing a war, 1963-196423
3Escalation, 196543
4Democrats fall out, 196663
5The opposition grows, 196782
6Campaign '68101
7The politics of polarization, 1969125
8A war at home, 1969-1971147
9Four more years, 1971-1972173
10Legacies, 1973-193

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