Light at the End of the Tunnel: A Vietnam War Anthology

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The Vietnam War alternately mesmerized and maddened the American public for two decades. The repercussions of this unsettling episode in American history still resonate in our society. Light at the End of the Tunnel: A Vietnam War Anthology is a collection of some of the best writing on this tumultuous period in history.

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Yes Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A. 1991 Soft Cover Good. No Jacket This book is an exhaustive account of the Vietnam War that gives a total overview of the conflict. Book is in ... good condition with edgewear and dust stains to the top page edge. 589 pages, 9 x 6. Read more Show Less

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Overview

The Vietnam War alternately mesmerized and maddened the American public for two decades. The repercussions of this unsettling episode in American history still resonate in our society. Light at the End of the Tunnel: A Vietnam War Anthology is a collection of some of the best writing on this tumultuous period in history.

This updated and revised edition of Light at the End of the Tunnel is an exhaustive account of the Vietnam War that gives a total overview of the conflict. Vietnam specialist Andrew Rotter has selected the finest pieces to illuminate the social, cultural, and military aspects of the war and has included several gritty passages in a section of the book that takes the reader into the jungle to experience the war from a soldier's perspective. This penetrating account offers such notable writers as Stephen Ambrose, one of today's most respected historical biographers and author of the bestseller Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West; Philip Caputo, a gung-ho Marine from Chicago who arrived in Vietnam in March 1965 and quickly changed his thinking about the war; Frances FitzGerald, author of the popular book on Vietnam titled Fire on the Lake; and Neil Sheehan, the perceptive reporter who covered the war for The New York Times . Vietnam contemporaries such as Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense under Lyndon Johnson, and Henry Kissinger, National Security Adviser under Richard Nixon, also lend their voices and perspectives to events surrounding the war. This book is essential for anyone interested in truly understanding the Vietnam War. These readings will both educate and entertain those who want to find out more about this turning point in the history of the United States and, indeed, the world.
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Compiles 38 writings from Ambrose, Chomsky, and Kissinger as well as less familiar figures that explore the political, military, cultural, and social history and impact of the Indochina wars from the 1940s to perhaps finally "letting go" (as the final entry by a Vietnamese woman who returned to Vietnam in 1986 is titled). Includes some photos and about double items of the first edition (St. Martin's Press, 1991). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312045296
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1990
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 589

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Pt. 1 A Chronology of U.S. Intervention
Ch. 1 Getting In, 1945-1952 3
1 Ho Chi Minh: The Untried Gamble 5
2 The United States, France, and the First Indochina War 19
Ch. 2 Fighting Shy, 1953-1961 31
3 Dwight D. Eisenhower and Wholehearted Support of Ngo Dinh Diem 33
4 Geneva, 1954: The Precarious Peace 47
5 The CIA Comes to Vietnam 57
Ch. 3 Digging In, 1961-1968 65
6 No "Non-Essential Areas": Kennedy and Vietnam 66
7 The Tonkin Gulf Resolution 76
8 Groping toward Escalation 86
9 The Tet Offensive 105
10 A Dissenter in the Government 115
Ch. 4 Getting Out, 1968-1975 125
11 Hanoi, Mining Haiphong, and the Moscow Summit 126
12 The Failure of Force 138
13 Stabbed in the Back 150
Pt. 2 In Country
Ch. 5 The American Enemy 163
14 The Birth of the National Liberation Front 164
15 The People and the Americans 173
16 Why the Communists Won 180
17 The National Liberation Front and the Land 190
Ch. 6 The Battlefield 195
18 Getting Hit 197
19 Feeling Cold 202
20 Nursing and Disillusionment 207
21 "They Did Not Know Good from Evil" 215
Ch. 7 The Military 223
22 Assessing the Military's Performance 224
23 Military Mismanagement 236
24 My Lai: The Killing Begins 249
Pt. 3 Controversies and Consequences of American Involvement
Ch. 8 Laos and Cambodia 265
25 The War in Laos 266
26 Bombing Cambodia: A Critique 273
27 Bombing Cambodia: A Defense 284
Ch. 9 Interpreting the War 295
28 A Clash of Cultures 297
29 A Bureaucratic Tangle 314
30 An Act of Imperialism 323
31 A Defense of Freedom 343
32 A Perfect Technowar 353
Ch. 10 The War at Home 365
33 Working-Class War 367
34 Seeds of a Movement 379
35 Women at the Barricades, Then and Now 392
Ch. 11 The Legacy of the War 401
36 Returning to South Vietnam 403
37 A Deserter and His Family 412
38 Agent Orange and the Wall at Home 417
Ch. 12 Afterword 425
39 Letting Go 427
List of Sources 437
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