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In the years after World War II, American foreign policy pursued ideals of justice, freedom, and democracy while seeking at the same time national security and the containment of international communism. In The Debate over Vietnam, David Levy examines the bitter national discussion that eventually raged over the propriety, the necessity, and the morality of that involvement.
Johns Hopkins University Press
An excellent, elegantly written overview.
A well-documented assessment of the elements that explain our involvement and disenchantment with Vietnam.
"Levy's brief but wide-ranging book offers an overview of the major cultural issues, foreign policy concerns, social movements, and political anxieties that shape debates in the United States surrounding the Vietnam War.
|1||The Consensus: How Americans Reached Some General Agreements about Their Foreign Policy||1|
|2||The Contest: How Americans Got Involved in a Land War in Asia||21|
|3||The Contentions: How Americans Disagreed about the War and Destroyed the Consensus||46|
|4||The Conflicts: How Americans Fought Some Small Civil Wars in Their Own Country||76|
|5||The Confrontation: How Americans Debated the War in Vietnam||124|