The Debate over Vietnam / Edition 2

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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

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of American History

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.

American Studies International - Matthew C. Stewart

Of great practical use for courses which focus on the Vietnam War or on twentieth-century American history... Levy's prose is eminently readable, his focus always clear, the connections between major points always apparent, and his tempo just right. This is a book that could be assigned with confidence that students won't put it down after ten pages of hopeless slogging. Most importantly, students and teachers alike will find it exciting and valuable because it consistently returns... to questions of how and why.

History Today

An excellent, elegantly written overview.

Virginia Quarterly Review

A well-documented assessment of the elements that explain our involvement and disenchantment with Vietnam.

Journal of American History

"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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801851148
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 8/19/1995
  • Series: The American Moment Series
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
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
Conclusion 169
Epilogue 184
Bibliographical Essay 195
Index 221
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