Rethinking Camelot: JFK, the Vietnam War, and U.S. Political Culture

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This book is a thorough analysis of John F. Kennedy's role in the U.S. invasion of Vietnam and a probing reflection of the elite political culture that allowed and encouraged the Cold War.
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paperback Boston. 1993. South End Press. 1st American Paperback Edition. Very Good In Wrappers. 0896084582. 173 pages. paperback. keywords: Politics America Vietnam War JFK ... Camelot. inventory # 12725. FROM THE PUBLISHER-This book is a thorough analysis of John F. Kennedy's role in the U.S. invasion of Vietnam and a probing reflection on the elite political culture that allowed and encouraged the Cold War. In it, Chomsky dismisses efforts to resurrect Camelot-an attractive American myth portraying JFK as a shining knight promising peaces foiled only by assassins bent on stopping this lone hero who would have unilaterally withdrawn from Vietnam had he lived. Contrary to prominent figures such as Oliver Stone (director of JFK), historian Arthur 5chlesinger, and John Newman (author of JFK and Vietnam) Chomsky argues that U.S. institutions and political culture, not individual presidents, are the key to understanding U.S. behavior during the Vietnam War. Read more Show Less

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Boston 1993 JFK, the Vietnam war, and U.S. political culture. 172p., first edition trade wraps, top edge has a small sprinkle of foxing. Chomsky's position in brief is that "the ... internal record reveals only JFK's advocacy of withdrawal AFTER victory is secure, " and he plainly assumes that conspiracy theory constructions about the assassination were generated by the notion that JFK was winding down the war. Rethinking Camelot is a good short summary of the Vietnam war whether or not one shares his assumption (this cataloguer's feeling is that the Chomper suffers from a deficiency of true-crime prurience). Find a bonus info byte page 99, Chomsky has a Deep Throat in Washington; the passage reads, "One close associate of Johnson's, who sat in on the highest-level planning meetings in those years and was also briefed regularly by field-grade officers and CIA personnel, informed me privately" dot dot dot. Read more Show Less

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This book is a thorough analysis of John F. Kennedy's role in the U.S. invasion of Vietnam and a probing reflection of the elite political culture that allowed and encouraged the Cold War.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Veteran critic/activist Chomsky ( Deterring Democracy ) analyzes the issue most prominently posed in Oliver Stone's film JFK : was President Kennedy a secret dove whose assassination extinguished a chance to end the Vietnam War? Those willing to follow Chomsky's dry, prosecutorial style will find strong arguments against Kennedy mythologists. He provides context for the Vietnam War with a history of U.S. ``economic warfare'' against ``lesser breeds'' and the roots of world inequality. Then, he analyzes the record of planning the war from 1961 to 1964. He notes that studies of the Vietnamese countryside showed overwhelming sympathy for the Vietcong, leading the U.S. to choose escalated violence. One of Kennedy's trusted, dovish advisors described the president in September 1963 as supporting the war, and Chomsky calls the record on this issue consistent. Shortly after the assassination, Kennedy doves supported Johnson's Vietnam policies, but changed their stance--and their historical memory--after the 1968 Tet Offensive. Chomsky suggests that fascination with Camelot, like support for H. Ross Perot, indicates a desire to project heroism in a time of cultural malaise. (July)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780896084582
  • Publisher: South End Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. A member of the American Academy of Science, he has published widely in both linguistics and current affairs. His books include At War with Asia, Towards a New Cold War, Fateful Triangle: The U. S., Israel and the Palestinians, Necessary Illusions, Hegemony or Survival, Deterring Democracy, Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy and Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media.
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  • Anonymous

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    Read the book before you rate it

    Another brilliant dissection of American foriegn policy by professor Chomsky. I read the book unlike the previous reviewer who 'laughably' referred to Mr. Chomsky as a 'conservative.' Noam Chomsky continues to serve as a lone voice in the wilderness crying out to those who care to think for themselves and challenge established thought.

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