The Making of a Quagmire: America and Vietnam During the Kennedy Era / Edition 2

The Making of a Quagmire: America and Vietnam During the Kennedy Era / Edition 2

by David Halberstam
     
 

ISBN-10: 007555092X

ISBN-13: 9780075550921

Pub. Date: 10/01/1987

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Halberstam's eyewitness account provides a riveting narrative of how the United States created a major foreign policy disaster for itself in a faraway land it knew little about. In the introduction to this edition, historian Daniel J. Singal supplies crucial background information that was unavailable in the mid-1960s when the book…  See more details below

Overview

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Halberstam's eyewitness account provides a riveting narrative of how the United States created a major foreign policy disaster for itself in a faraway land it knew little about. In the introduction to this edition, historian Daniel J. Singal supplies crucial background information that was unavailable in the mid-1960s when the book was written. With its numerous firsthand recollections of life in the war zone, The Making of a Quagmire penetrates to the essence of what went wrong in Vietnam. Although its focus is the Kennedy era, its analysis of the blunders and misconceptions of American military and political leaders holds true for the entire war.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780075550921
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date:
10/01/1987
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
193
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xi
A Note on the Text     xxiii
Edging Toward Calamity: Vietnam in the Early 1960s
Coming into a Troubled Land     3
Latter-Day Mandarins: The Ngo Family     15
A Strange Alliance: The Americans and Diem     35
The War in the Delta
In the Field with the ARVN     47
Finding an Elusive Foe     65
Disaster: The Battle of Ap Bac     77
Collapse in the Delta     93
The Fall of the Diem Regime
The Buddhist Revolt Begins     115
The Raid on the Pagodas     137
A Slow Change in American Policy     151
The Saigon Press Controversy     167
The Final Days of Ngo Dinh Diem     177
What Should Be Done in Vietnam?     195
Epilogue: Return to Vietnam     205
About the Author     221
About the Editor     223

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