The Tet Offensive: Politics, War, and Public Opinion

The Tet Offensive: Politics, War, and Public Opinion

by David F. Schmitz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0742544850

ISBN-13: 9780742544857

Pub. Date: 09/28/2005

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

The Vietnamese communist offensive against the urban cities that was launched during the holiday of Tet in 1968 is often portrayed as a decisive military win for the United States that was subsequently turned into a defeat by a news media misleading public opinion as to the real events of the Vietnam War. Turning this conventional explanation of the impact of Tet

Overview

The Vietnamese communist offensive against the urban cities that was launched during the holiday of Tet in 1968 is often portrayed as a decisive military win for the United States that was subsequently turned into a defeat by a news media misleading public opinion as to the real events of the Vietnam War. Turning this conventional explanation of the impact of Tet Offensive on the course of the Vietnam War on their head, Schmitz (history, Whitman College) analyzes the events of Tet, arguing that it was in fact a significant military, political, and economic defeat for the tactical assumptions of US leaders. He also describes how policy makers in fact came to recognize the reality of the defeat, as opposed to simply responding to public reaction to the media's portrayal of events, a reaction that was in fact not all that great in the context of an already unpopular war. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742544857
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Series:
Vietnam: America in the War Years Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: The American Road to Vietnam
Chapter 2: Light at the End of the Tunnel
Chapter 3: The Tet Offensive
Chapter 4: Capping Escalation
Chapter 5: The Meaning of Tet
Bibliographic Essay

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