Dear Dr. Spock: Letters about the Vietnam War to America's Favorite Baby Doctor / Edition 1

Dear Dr. Spock: Letters about the Vietnam War to America's Favorite Baby Doctor / Edition 1

by Michael S. Foley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814727433

ISBN-13: 9780814727430

Pub. Date: 11/01/2005

Publisher: New York University Press

"At the height of the Vietnam War, thousands of Americans wrote moving letters to Dr. Benjamin Spock, America's pediatrician and a high-profile opponent of the war. Personal and heartfelt, thoughtful and volatile, these missives from Middle America provide an unprecedented glimpse into the conflicts that took place over the dinner table as people wrestled with this…  See more details below

Overview

"At the height of the Vietnam War, thousands of Americans wrote moving letters to Dr. Benjamin Spock, America's pediatrician and a high-profile opponent of the war. Personal and heartfelt, thoughtful and volatile, these missives from Middle America provide an unprecedented glimpse into the conflicts that took place over the dinner table as people wrestled with this divisive war and with their consciences." Providing one of the first clear views of the home front during the war, Dear Dr. Spock collects the best of these letters and offers a window into the minds of ordinary Americans. They wrote to Spock because he was familiar, trustworthy, and controversial. His book Baby and Child Care was a staple on the shelves of most homes, second only to the Bible in the number of copies sold. Starting in the 1960s, his activism in the antinuclear and antiwar movements drew mixed reactions from Americans - some puzzled, some supportive, some angry, and some desperate.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814727430
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Pages:
281
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

1Gunfire in the distance, 196513
2Into the quagmire, 196635
3Polarization, January-October 196767
4The antiwar challenge and its discontents, October 1967-February 1968111
5Shock waves : the aftermath of Tet and the ordeal at home, February-May 1968165
6The war on trial, May-September 1968191
7Toward Nixon's war, September 1968-December 1969215
8The end of the tunnel, 1970-1972245

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >