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Shadow on the White House: Presidents and the Vietnam War, 1945-1975

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"The most useful book yet on the twin subjects of Vietnam and the presidents who shaped policy. These essays combine originality and analytic cogency in chronicling the expansion of presidential power and the war in Vietnam."—Larry Berman, author of Lyndon Johnson's War: The Road to Stalemate in Vietnam

"A fine collection of essays by leading scholars of the Vietnam War. Focusing on the presidents who made and executed United States policy, the authors frequently provide fresh insights into the conflict and its ...

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"The most useful book yet on the twin subjects of Vietnam and the presidents who shaped policy. These essays combine originality and analytic cogency in chronicling the expansion of presidential power and the war in Vietnam."—Larry Berman, author of Lyndon Johnson's War: The Road to Stalemate in Vietnam

"A fine collection of essays by leading scholars of the Vietnam War. Focusing on the presidents who made and executed United States policy, the authors frequently provide fresh insights into the conflict and its impact on the presidency. This book should enliven and enrich what is fast becoming America's longest debate."—Andrew J. Rotter, author of The Path to Vietnam: Origins of the Commitment to Southeast Asia

Author Biography: David L. Anderson is professor of history and political science at the University of Indianapolis. He is the author of Facing My Lai: Moving Beyond the Massacre, Imperialism and Idealism: American Diplomats in China, 1861-1898 and Trapped by Success: The Eisenhower Administration and Vietnam, 1953-1961, co-winner of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations 1992 Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize.

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"I recommend this book to all students and scholars of the Vietnam War. The essays combine originality and analytic cogency in chronicling the expansion of presidential power and the war in Vietnam."—Larry Berman, author of Lyndon Johnson's War: The Road to Stalemate in Vietnam.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700605828
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 5/1/1993
  • Series: Modern War Studies
  • Pages: 248

Table of Contents

1 Presidential Leadership and U.S. Intervention in Southeast Asia: The Buck Stops - and Starts - Here 1
2 Harry S. Truman and the Roots of U.S. Involvement in Indochina, 1945-1953 19
3 Dwight D. Eisenhower and Wholehearted Support of Ngo Dinh Diem 43
4 Commitment in the Age of Counterinsurgency: Kennedy's Vietnam Options and Decisions, 1961-1963 63
5 The Reluctant Warrior: Lyndon Johnson as Commander in Chief 87
6 Lyndon Johnson and the Vietnamese 113
7 Containing Domestic Enemies: Richard M. Nixon and the War at Home 130
8 "Peace with Honor": Richard Nixon and the Diplomacy of Threat and Symbolism 152
9 Gerald R. Ford and the Presidents' War in Vietnam 184
10 Conclusion 208
Suggestions for Further Reading 213
About the Contributors 219
Index 221
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