Lyndon Johnson's War

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"Stunning....The portrait of the embattled and unyielding president that emerges is vivid and memorable."—Publishers Weekly
By 1968, the United States had committed over 525,000 men to Vietnam and bombed virtually all military targets recommended by the joint Chiefs of Staff. Yet, the United States was no closer to securing its objectives than it had been prior to the Americanization of the war. The long-promised light at the end of the tunnel was a mirage. This absorbing account reveals the bankruptcy of the ...

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Lyndon Johnson's War: The Road to Stalemate in Vietnam

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Overview

"Stunning....The portrait of the embattled and unyielding president that emerges is vivid and memorable."—Publishers Weekly
By 1968, the United States had committed over 525,000 men to Vietnam and bombed virtually all military targets recommended by the joint Chiefs of Staff. Yet, the United States was no closer to securing its objectives than it had been prior to the Americanization of the war. The long-promised light at the end of the tunnel was a mirage. This absorbing account reveals the bankruptcy of the bombing campaign against North Vietnam, the failures of political reform in South Vietnam and the bitter bureaucratic conflicts between the US government and its military commanders.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Berman discusses the reactions of LBJ and his advisors to the failure of military policy in Vietnam, the manipulation of intelligence from the field to portray success and the widening division between the hawks and the doves. ``The portrait of the embattled and unyielding president that emerges is vivid and memorable,'' said PW. Photos. (May)
Library Journal
This sequel to Berman's Planning a Tragedy: The Americanization of the War in Vietnam ( LJ 5/1/82) covers the period from 1967 through Johnson's decision (March 1968) not to seek reelection. During this time, Johnson's administration debated, among other things, both a bombing halt and a significant increase in U.S. combat forces in Vietnam. Although little of the substance of these debates is new, documentary sources (some recently declassified) fill in many details. On the other hand, the author's argument that LBJ knew of and hid the truth about the ``Order of Battle'' figures is not supported by any evidence, and even could this theory be proven, it would not add materially to our understanding of the war, since Westmoreland's own manipulation of battle figures is already known. Appropriate for comprehensive Vietnam War collections.-- Kenneth W. Berger, Duke Univ. Lib., Durham, N.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393307788
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1991
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 1,313,484
  • Lexile: 1290L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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