Looking Back On The Vietnam War

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This text is the first to closely compare and contrast the Gulf and Vietnam Wars on both the war and home fronts. Widely respected experts give a balanced, new perspective on the Vietnam War, based on considerable new primary research to explain the salient factors that contributed to the decision making, air and ground considerations, and outcome. This text, carefully focused for classes in modern American history and military studies, appraises the legacies of the Vietnam War that have been felt in the United ...

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Overview

This text is the first to closely compare and contrast the Gulf and Vietnam Wars on both the war and home fronts. Widely respected experts give a balanced, new perspective on the Vietnam War, based on considerable new primary research to explain the salient factors that contributed to the decision making, air and ground considerations, and outcome. This text, carefully focused for classes in modern American history and military studies, appraises the legacies of the Vietnam War that have been felt in the United States for the last two decades.

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Meet the Author

WILLIAM HEAD is Associate Editor for Asia of The Journal of Third World Studies. He is also Historian for the U.S. Air Force at Robins Air Force Base.

LAWRENCE E. GRINTER, Asian Historian and Professor for the U.S. Air Force Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, is the editor of American War in Vietnam (Greenwood, 1987), among other studies of the Vietnam War.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Introduction: The Vietnam War - A Look Back, A Look Ahead 1
Pt. I Background and Overview 13
1 Vietnam and Its Wars: A Historical Overview of U.S. Involvement 15
2 The Global Dimensions and Legacies of a Brushfire War 51
Pt. II Decision Making and Policy Makers 75
3 The Johnson Administration's Conduct of Limited War in Vietnam 79
4 From the Tonkin Gulf to the Persian Gulf: The Devolution of the Senate's Role in War Making 95
5 China and the Revisionist Thesis 105
Pt. III The Air War 119
6 Bombing Our Way Back Home: The Commando Hunt and Menu Campaigns of 1969-1973 123
7 Of Demons, Storms, and Thunder: A Preliminary Look at Vietnam's Impact on the Persian Gulf Air Campaign 145
8 North Vietnamese Air Defenses During the Vietnam War 161
Pt. IV The Ground War 173
9 If at First You Don't Succeed, Try to Rewrite History: Revisionism and the Vietnam War 177
10 Everything Is Perfect and Getting Better: The Myths and Measures of the American Ground War in Indochina, 1965-1968 191
Pt. V Legacies 225
11 The Lessons and Ghosts of Vietnam 229
12 Reflections on the Vietnam War: The Views of a Vietnamese on Vietnamese-American Misconceptions 241
Selected Bibliography 249
Index 259
About the Editors and Contributors 269
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