Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam

Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam

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by James Hershberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804778841

ISBN-13: 9780804778848

Pub. Date: 01/11/2012

Publisher: Stanford University Press

Marigold presents the first rigorously documented, in-depth story of one of the Vietnam War's last great mysteries: the secret Polish-Italian peace initiative, codenamed "Marigold," that sought to end the war, or at least to open direct talks between Washington and Hanoi, in 1966. The initiative failed, the war dragged on for another seven years, and this

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Marigold presents the first rigorously documented, in-depth story of one of the Vietnam War's last great mysteries: the secret Polish-Italian peace initiative, codenamed "Marigold," that sought to end the war, or at least to open direct talks between Washington and Hanoi, in 1966. The initiative failed, the war dragged on for another seven years, and this episode sank into history as an unresolved controversy. Antiwar critics claimed Johnson had bungled (or, worse, deliberately sabotaged) a breakthrough by bombing Hanoi on the eve of a planned historic secret US-North Vietnamese encounter in Warsaw. Conversely, LBJ and top aides angrily insisted there was no "missed opportunity," Poland never had authority to arrange direct talks, and Hanoi was not ready to negotiate. Conventional wisdom echoes the view that Washington and Hanoi were so dug in that no real opportunity existed. This book uses new evidence from long hidden communist sources to show that Warsaw was authorized by Hanoi to open direct contacts and that Hanoi had committed to entering talks with Washington. It reveals LBJ's personal role in bombing Hanoi at a pivotal moment, disregarding the pleas of both the Poles and his own senior advisors. The historical implications of missing this opportunity are immense: Washington did not enter negotiations with Hanoi until more than two years and many thousands of lives later, and then in far less auspicious circumstances.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804778848
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
01/11/2012
Series:
Cold War International History Project Series
Pages:
936
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Maps and Photographs....................xi
Introduction....................xiii
A Note on Names and Terminology....................xix
Abbreviations Used in the Text....................xx
Prologue: Mission Impossible? "Operation Lumbago" and LBJ's Thirty-Seven-Day Bombing Pause, December 1965–January 1966....................1
Chapter 1: Dong Chí Lewandowski's Secret Mission: The Players Take Their Places, February–June 1966....................67
Chapter 2: "Could It Really Be Peace?" Marigold's "Devious Channels"—Act One: July 1966....................125
Chapter 3: Intermezzo: August to October 1966—A "Mosaic of Indiscretions and Rumors"....................161
Chapter 4: "A Nerve-Eating Business": Marigold Blossoms—Act Two: November 1966....................203
Chapter 5: "Something Big Has Happened": Toward the Warsaw Meeting, December 1–5, 1966....................243
Chapter 6: Informing the North Vietnamese Ambassador in Warsaw: Nguyen Dinh Phuong's Marigold Mystery Tour....................281
Chapter 7: "It Is Pity": Waiting for Gronouski—December 6, 1966....................297
Chapter 8: "It Looked as If We Could Move Forward": Marigold in Suspense, December 7–13, 1966....................315
Chapter 9: "The Americans Have Gone Mad": Bombing Hanoi Again, December 13/14–18, 1966....................363
Chapter 10: "The Christmas Present": Marigold's Last Gasp, and First Leaks, December 19–24, 1966....................411
Chapter 11: "The Ultimate Reply": The End of the Affair, December 25–31, 1966....................447
Chapter 12: Secret Spats: Talking and Fighting, January 1967....................499
Chapter 13: "A Sunburst of Recriminations": Riders on the Storm, February–June 1967....................547
Chapter 14: The Long Year Wanes: D'Orlandi, Lodge, and Lewandowski Leave Vietnam, March–June 1967....................603
Chapter 15: "You Will Never Get the Inside Story": The Secret Search for The Secret Search for Peace in Vietnam, May 1967–March 1968....................623
Chapter 16: Sequels, Revivals, Regrets: Marigold's Echoes during LBJ's Last Year, February 1968–January 1969....................665
Epilogue: "A Lot More Dead Young Soldiers"—Last Words, and the Battle for History....................695
Acknowledgments....................733
A Note on Sources....................739
Notes....................743
Selected Bibliography....................867
About the Author....................874
Index....................875

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