The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Vietnam War, 2nd Edition

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A long ago war-still relevant today.

Misunderstanding remains, and a lot is still unknown, of the Vietnam War. The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to the Vietnam War, Second Edition provides an updated and revised guide giving readers the facts. It assesses policies and the reasons for them, shedding light on the controversies regarding the Vietnam War, what has been called the most complicated armed conflict of the 20th century. It offers:

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Overview

A long ago war-still relevant today.

Misunderstanding remains, and a lot is still unknown, of the Vietnam War. The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to the Vietnam War, Second Edition provides an updated and revised guide giving readers the facts. It assesses policies and the reasons for them, shedding light on the controversies regarding the Vietnam War, what has been called the most complicated armed conflict of the 20th century. It offers:

•A big-picture look at the politics, public figures, and history of the war in Southeast Asia

•Present-tense relevance of Vietnam to the current wars in which the United States, and the rest of the world, is involved

•Clarification of details for those who lived through it and an explanation for younger generations

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615640409
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy P. Maga Ph.D. has been in the education field for many years, including three tours with the University of Maryland's military education program headquartered at Yokota Air Base in Japan. He currently lives in the United States, working for an education, technology, and training firm contracted to the U.S. Air Force.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 The Not-So-Good War 1
1 Discovering Vietnam 3
Why Vietnam? 4
Saigon Is Not a Detroit Suburb 6
A Short History of French Rule 6
The First Cold War 7
Parlez-vous Francais? 8
Vietnam for the Vietnamese 10
Just Shoot Me 12
2 Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh 13
A George Washington for Vietnam 14
The Influence of Phan Boi Chau 15
A Legend Begins 15
Nationalism, Communism, Opportunism 16
The Real Ho Chi Minh 16
Ho and Lenin 17
The RYL 18
Ho's Hong Kong Honeymoon and Hoover's Depression 18
The Hong Kong Platform 19
The American Home Front 20
The Arrest of a Radical 21
Franklin Roosevelt--A Ho Chi Minh for America? 21
As the World Turns 22
3 Uncle Ho Meets Uncle Sam 25
Ho Gets Charisma 25
Let's Dance! Ho Chi Minh and Franklin Roosevelt 27
The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship? 29
Free Vietnam! 31
Eleanor Does Vietnam? 31
Ho Meets Harry 32
4 Thirty Years War, Act One 35
Harry, Goofy, and Dewey 35
Truman and Chiang 36
Report from Vietnam 37
Gone with the Wind and Brother Charles 38
France Fights the Last War 41
The French Offensive 41
An Appeal to America 44
5 Destiny at Dienbienphu 47
Why Dominoes Are Scary 48
Ferreting Out the Red Menace 49
Un-American Affairs 49
"The Forgotten War" Not Forgotten 50
Foolish Frenchmen 52
Dienbienphu 53
France Folds 53
This Is the End 55
Part 2 How to Make a Quagmire 59
6 Thirty Years War, Act Two 61
The Bao Dai Boogie 62
The Geneva Conference 62
Enter Bao Dai 64
The Violence Continues 66
Our Man Diem 66
Lightning Joe and Colonel Ed 68
A New, Sexy Profile 69
7 Kings of Corruption 71
Don't You Trust Them Commies! 72
All in the Family 74
The Can Lao 74
The New South Vietnam 75
Ho the Terrorist 76
SEATO 77
Why Americans Are "Ugly" 78
The Quiet American 78
The Good America 79
Where Are Ye, Ho? 80
8 The Military-Industrial Complex 83
Won't You Play with Me? 84
Getting It Together in South Vietnam 85
Spontaneous Uprisings 87
NLF Reforms 88
Laos and Vietnam 89
Phouma, Phoui, and Phoumi 89
The Commies Creep Closer 90
A Statesman to the Rescue? 91
9 Enter the New Frontier 93
Can't You See That Big Red "S" Under My Shirt? 94
Kennedy's Presidential Bid 94
Kennedy's Can-Do Team 95
Getting the Job Done 97
Where Is "Layous?" 98
Who Will Rid Me of This Troublesome Man? 99
Diem's Weaknesses 99
Losing Diem 100
10 The American Lake 103
Johnson's Inheritance 103
So You Want to Be a Millionaire? 104
Dollars and Sense 104
The New Pacific Community 106
Please Speak Japanese, If You Please 107
Brother Bobby and Vietnam 108
Brother Teddy and Vietnam 109
The Copy Machine Breaks Down 110
11 The Other Vietnam? 113
Down with Sukarno 114
Sukarno and the Dutch 114
"Guided Democracy" 115
The West Irian Problem 116
American Charisma Meets Indonesian Charisma 117
Stumbling Blocks to Peace 117
The Pope Case 118
Vietnam War or Indonesia War? 119
A War in Vietnam Is Good Enough for Me 121
Part 3 Excalation 123
12 Holding the Beachhead 125
Legend Sounds Better Than Fact 125
Myths and Reality 126
Complexity and Contradiction 127
Ho Gets Ready 127
America Tries to Get Ready 130
Murmurs in the Pacific 131
Johnson Visits the Pacific 131
Vacation in Vietnam 132
War Can Ruin a Good Night's Sleep 134
13 All the Way with LBJ 137
America Goes to the Dogs? 137
LBJ, Texas Populist 138
Texas Politics 138
Johnson's Rising Star 140
Beating Kennedys 141
The Wicked Truth 142
Throwing Out the Leftovers 142
Westmoreland to the Rescue 143
ARVN on the Ropes 145
Uncle Lyndon, Your Good Buddy 147
14 Thirty Years War, Act Three 149
World War II Commitment? 150
Controversy in the Tonkin Gulf 151
The "Facts" 152
Stepping Carefully 153
The Tonkin Gulf Resolution 154
"Grandma's Nightshirt" 155
The Two Dissenters 155
Mr. Right Meets Landslide Lyndon 157
15 Death in Pleiku 159
Big Minh and the Wrath of Khanh 160
A Doubting Nelson 162
Terror at the Brinks Hotel 163
Pleiku, My Old Country Home 164
Pleiku Is Vietnamese for Alamo 164
The White House Strikes Back 165
Springtime in Vietnam 167
16 March to Victory? 169
Guns and Butter 170
The Early Opposition Speaks 172
Westmoreland Asks for More 173
High Tech vs. Low Tech 174
Who Should We Bomb Today? 175
What's Happened to the Bad Guys? 177
17 The Young Turks and the Search for Victory 179
Ky Is the Key? 180
"Many Flags" 182
Like a ROK 184
What Are Friends For? 185
Victory Under the Palms 186
The Dominican Republic Invasion 186
A Hint of Things to Come? 187
Part 4 No Light in the Tunnel 189
18 Question Authority 191
Those Good Old Days 191
As American as Apple Pie 193
Tom Hayden 194
Of Weathermen and Hippies 196
Fulbright vs. Johnson 198
Endless War 200
19 The Art of Lying 203
Hubert's "Great Adventure" 204
The Government Has Two Faces 205
Westmoreland on Capitol Hill 205
A National Election 206
Winning and Losing at the Same Time 208
"On the Run" 208
Seesaw Campaigns 209
Victory Nears? 211
20 The Tet Offensive 213
The Big "Showdown" 214
America Is Surprised 216
The Horror Show 218
Turning Points 219
Landslide Lyndon Retires 221
21 The Battling Democrats and Campaign '68 223
Getting "Clean for Gene" 224
The Rise of McCarthy 224
New Hampshire Speaks 225
Rough Road Ahead 227
What About George? 228
Good Bobby, Evil Hubert, and a November Defeat 229
22 Thirty Years War, the Final Act 233
You Can Trust "Tricky Dicky" 233
Henry the K. and Vietnamization 235
Henry Kissinger 236
Vietnamization 237
The Protestors vs. the Great Silent Majority 238
"Vietnamization" in Action 239
Hamburger Hill 239
Publicizing Vietnamization 240
A Legend Is Born 241
23 Cambodia 243
Things Keep Falling Apart 244
Spiro Agnew 246
The My Lai Debate 248
Flash Dance in Cambodia 249
"Patton" Blunders 250
The Kent State Tragedy 251
A Warning Shot from Congress 252
24 Watergate 255
Laos and the Uneasy Calm 256
Daniel Ellsberg Feels Your Pain 257
I'm the President, and You're Not 259
From Quang Tri to Watergate 260
McGovern 261
"Tricky Dicky" Takes a Hike 262
Part 5 Defeat and Renewal 265
25 Coming Home 267
Let's Go to China 268
Let's Go to Paris 270
Christmas Bombs Bring a New Year's Peace 272
The "Decent Interval" Begins 273
A Ford, Not a Lincoln 274
26 The Fall of Saigon 277
Final Days 278
Chaos Rules 279
Thieu's Suspicions 280
You Storm, I'll Drizzle 280
The War Powers Act 281
Bad Days for Henry 283
Don't Forget the Flag 284
27 Hollywood Goes to Vietnam 287
The Taboo Topic 288
Trailblazing Movies and TV 290
A Few Good Superheroes 291
Magnum, P.I. 291
Norris and Stallone 292
Francis and Oliver Go to Vietnam 294
28 The Road to Normalization 297
What Vietnam? 298
Jimmy Carter Looks for a Policy 298
Ronald Reagan Sees an "Evil Empire" 300
Bill Clinton Wants to Build an Embassy 300
Welcome Back to Vietnam 302
Pete Peterson, POW 303
Future Tense 305
Appendixes
A Casualty Figures for the Vietnam War 307
B Jarhead Jargon Glossary 309
C Recommended Reading 317
Index 321
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