Rolling Thunder in a Gentle Land: The Vietnam War Revisited [NOOK Book]

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In the end, then, the Vietnam War was a conflict of myriad complexities. It was a colonial war and a regional war. It was a total war and a limited war. It was a civil war, an insurgency and a conventional war - and indeed it varied from one form to another at different times and in different places. It was a war in mountains, jungles or open rice paddies depending on the location of the battlefield. It was a war of high technology and no technology. It ...
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Overview

From the Introduction
In the end, then, the Vietnam War was a conflict of myriad complexities. It was a colonial war and a regional war. It was a total war and a limited war. It was a civil war, an insurgency and a conventional war - and indeed it varied from one form to another at different times and in different places. It was a war in mountains, jungles or open rice paddies depending on the location of the battlefield. It was a war of high technology and no technology. It was a war of airpower and a war of footpower. It was a helicopter war and a brown-water war. It was a war won on the battlefield and lost on the homefront. One thing that the Vietnam War was not was simply an American War. It was a war of varying and mutable contexts - a chameleon of constant change. The greatest American failure in the conflict was a failure to understand context. For far too many important American planners the Vietnam War had but one context - the black and white context of the Cold War; a context that begged an inexorable singular military logic and solution. A military solution that was so overly simple that it proved to be no solution at all.

���� The present study takes as its main goal to place the Vietnam War into its proper contexts. Though Rolling Thunder in a Gentle Land cannot pretend to answer all of the nagging questions that still surround the conflict, it can at least begin to pose new questions that have too often been left unasked or ignored. Through the work of a unique collection of historians, journalists, and war participants Rolling Thunder in a Gentle Land also seeks to spark historical debate and research by searching for new contextual answers to questions that many historians had thought long since answered - sometimes calling for a needed revision of the historical orthodoxy of the conflict. Thus the present study proposes to take fresh looks at several of the most important aspects of the Vietnam War and hopes to demonstrate that the field remains one of the most vibrant and important fields available to future historical inquiry of all types by scholars and laymen alike who seek an opportunity to help define a war of unending complexity.

CHAPTER HEADS An American war? The French experience. The North Vietnamese experience. The Ho Chi Minh Trail. The war outside Vietnam: Cambodia and Laos. The South Vietnamese experience. The civilian experience. Vietnam ANZACs. US doctrinal critique. The US experience. The river war. The air war. Vietnam tactics. Vietnam in the media. The legacy of war.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The war on terror and the Iraq war have invited numerous comparisons to the Vietnam War. These three fine books show that as new information and declassified records become available about the conflict that fractured the 1960s and 1970s, new investigations and interpretations are worthy and deeply instructive. The Vietnam War may have ended more than 30 years ago, but its legacy still roils American culture, politics, and diplomacy. Fry (history, Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas; Dixie Looks Abroad: The South and U.S. Foreign Relations, 1789-1973) focuses on the war-related congressional inquiries of the Johnson era, which framed and-unlike the Johnson administration-encouraged public debate about the war. The 1966 Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearings, chaired by Sen. J. William Fulbright, and the 1967 Preparedness Investigating Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing, chaired by Sen. John C. Stennis, were conducted by two Southern lions of Congress. Fulbright promoted a negotiated settlement, as he realized the war could not be won solely by American military might, while Stennis supported bombing North Vietnam into submission. The public majority slowly came to accept the Fulbright position. LBJ refused the recommendations of both committees and instead, as the author concludes, clung to a murky middle ground that diminished his credibility and ultimately drove him from a second term. Vivid retellings of testimonies by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Maxwell Taylor, and others enliven the text. These hearings were vital public education forums, and in the case of Fulbright's hearings, made opposition to the war respectable. Fry's book is strongly recommended for academic and larger public collections. Schulzinger (history, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder; A Time for War: The United States and Vietnam, 1941-1945) looks at U.S.-Vietnam relations in the decades since the war, from the frosty Ford/Carter years, through the slow thaw of the Reagan administration, to full diplomatic recognition during the Bush/Clinton era. His lively narrative covers veterans' frequently painful readjustment to life back home, and a most fascinating chapter portrays life in America for the million Vietnamese refugees who escaped the North Vietnamese onslaught in 1975. Rounding out this fine survey are discussions of the war's contribution-so to speak-to literature, notably in the works of Graham Greene, Tim O'Brien, and Norman Mailer, and deliberations on some of the more than 400 motion pictures and television programs that portray the Vietnam experience, e.g., Coming Home, Apocalypse Now, and Platoon. Schulzinger also assesses how the Vietnam Memorial and other monuments aided the nation's healing. Recommended for public and academic libraries. Wiest (history, Univ. of Southern Mississippi; Haig: The Evolution of a Commander) has collected 15 uniformly excellent new essays by highly regarded scholars, veterans, and victims from differing military, political, and academic perspectives to present the war in a global context. Readers will learn about the war as fought by South Vietnamese troops, by the North Vietnam army, and by American and Australian GIs. Bui Tai, a high-ranking Vietnam Communist Party official, tells how victory turned bitter when the victors threw 300,000 South Vietnamese officials into jail and created large numbers of "boat people" who drowned while attempting to escape imprisonment or death at the hands of their new Communist masters. Le Ly Hayslip (When Heaven and Earth Changed Places) chillingly tells how she and numerous villagers throughout the south were uprooted from their homes and brutally treated as sufferers of President Diem's Strategic Hamlet Program. Daniel Hallin's investigation of the media, which was often assailed for turning the public against the war, reveals that the press, rather than causing increased public uneasiness, more often responded to it. This accessible, multilayered overview will appeal to general readers and to specialists who want a good supplementary text for Vietnam War-era courses. Strongly recommended for academic and public libraries.-Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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*Starred* review in Library Journal-
"Wiest has collected 15 uniformly excellent new essays by highly regarded scholars, veterans, and victims from differing military, political, and academic perspectives to present the war in a global context... This accessible, multilayered overview will appeal to general readers and to specialists who want a good supplementary text for Vietnam War-era courses.
Strongly recommended for academic and public libraries."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781782009467
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/21/2013
  • Series: General Military
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 368,240
  • File size: 22 MB
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Meet the Author

Andrew Wiest is Visiting Professor, Department of Warfighting Strategy, USAF Air War College. Bui Tin served in the VN People's Army for 37 years. He has lived in exile since 1990. Professor Kenton Clymer chairs the History Department at Northern Illinois University. Professor R. Blake Dunnavent is on the faculty at Louisiana State University. Bernard Edelman served as a correspondent for the US Army in Vietnam. Ronald B. Frankum, Jr. is assistant professor of history at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Jeffrey Grey is professor of history at University College, Australian Defence Force Academy. Daniel C. Hallin is Professor of Communication at the University of California, SD. Le Ly Hayslip, was a civilian in war-torn Vietnam. She is the author of two best-selling memoirs. Arnold R. Isaacs reported from Vietnam for the Baltimore Sun 1972�75. Lam Quang Thi was a lieutenant-general in the South Vietnamese Army. John Prados is project director at the National Security Archive. Gordon L. Rottman served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam. Lewis Sorley has served on the faculties at West Point and the Army War College. Martin Windrow is an author and editor of military history.
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Table of Contents

Contributors
Chronology
Introduction: An American War?
The French Indochina War
Fight for the Long Haul
The South Road
The War Outside Vietnam
A View from the Other Side of the Story
Caught in the Crossfire
Diggers and Kiwis
The Conduct of War
On the Ground
"Swatting Flies with a Sledgehammer"
Battle for Mekong
Tactics in a Different War
The Living Room War
The Final Act - And After
Endnotes
Bibliography
Glossary
Index

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