Vietnam: Explaining America's Lost War / Edition 1

Vietnam: Explaining America's Lost War / Edition 1

by Gary R. Hess
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405125276

ISBN-13: 9781405125277

Pub. Date: 05/06/2008

Publisher: Wiley

In Vietnam, Gary R. Hess describes and evaluates the main arguments of scholars, participants, and journalists – both revisionist and orthodox in their approach – as they consider why the United States was unable to achieve its objectives. While providing a clear and well-balanced account of the existing historical debate, Hess also offers his

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In Vietnam, Gary R. Hess describes and evaluates the main arguments of scholars, participants, and journalists – both revisionist and orthodox in their approach – as they consider why the United States was unable to achieve its objectives. While providing a clear and well-balanced account of the existing historical debate, Hess also offers his own interpretation of the events and opens a dialogue about the usefulness of historical argument in reaching a deeper understanding of the conflict. This concise book is essential reading for students and teachers of the Vietnam War as it provides a clear and well-balanced account of existing historical debate and a thought-provoking look at the future of historical scholarship.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405125277
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/06/2008
Series:
Contesting the Past Series, #21
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
From the Streets to the Books: The Origins of an Enduring Debate     1
A Necessary War or a Mistaken War?     25
"Kennedy Exceptionalism" or "Missed Opportunity for Peace" or "Lost Victory?" - The Movement toward War, 1961-1965     50
The Revisionist Critique of the "Strategy for Defeat" - The Clausewitzian Alternative     84
The Revisionist Critique of the "Other War" - The "Hearts-and-Minds" Prescription for Victory     112
The Media and the War: Shaping or Reflecting Public Opinion?     133
The Tet Offensive: A Decisive American Victory or a Prolongation of Stalemate?     154
Nixon-Kissinger and the Ending of the War: A "Lost Victory" or "Neither Peace nor Honor?"     179
Conclusion     207
Bibliography     211
Index     214

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