The Vietnam Lobby: The American Friends of Vietnam, 1955-1975

The Vietnam Lobby: The American Friends of Vietnam, 1955-1975

by Joseph G. Morgan
     
 

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Established in 1955 as a private advocacy group, the American Friends of Vietnam worked to influence U.S. attitudes and policies toward Vietnam for nearly two decades. AFV members wrote articles, gave speeches, sponsored aid drives, and forged ties with journalists, academics, and government officials in an effort to generate American assistance for South Vietnam.

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Established in 1955 as a private advocacy group, the American Friends of Vietnam worked to influence U.S. attitudes and policies toward Vietnam for nearly two decades. AFV members wrote articles, gave speeches, sponsored aid drives, and forged ties with journalists, academics, and government officials in an effort to generate American assistance for South Vietnam. In The Vietnam Lobby, Joseph Morgan shifts the focus away from the much-examined antiwar demonstrations that took place in America to concentrate instead on the actions of those who endorsed U.S. intervention in Vietnam. Drawing on a wide range of documentary sources, Morgan presents a comprehensive study of the AFV and its activities. He traces the group's establishment and growth, examines its internal organization and politics, and, ultimately, evaluates its effectiveness in guiding government policy and public opinion. Morgan also assesses the charges of antiwar critics who claimed the AFV exerted an excessive, perhaps disastrous, influence in shaping America's Vietnam policy. Finally, he offers insights into the thinking of those who believed that the United States had the unique ability—even the obligation—to help shape Vietnam's future.

Originally published in 1997.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Well-researched, judicious, and crisply written.

Journal of American History

Morgan's research is meticulous and prodigious.

American Historical Review

Fills an important niche in the story of the U.S.'s involvement in Vietnam.

Choice

A deeply researched, clearly written history and analysis of the controversial citizens' lobbying group that worked to support anti-communism .

VVA Veteran

The book breaks new ground, is well researched and documented, and will be a welcome addition to [scholarship on] Vietnam.

Larry Berman, University of California, Davis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807865712
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Edition description:
1
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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From the Publisher
An excellent taxonomical account of the structure, leadership, function, financial resources, and policies of the Vietnam Lobby. . . . Morgan's research is meticulous and prodigious.—American Historical Review

Fills an important niche in the story of the U.S.'s involvement in Vietnam.—Choice

Well-researched, judicious, and crisply written.—Journal of American History

The book breaks new ground, is well researched and documented, and will be a welcome addition to [scholarship on] Vietnam and the role of organized interest groups in American foreign policy.—Larry Berman, University of California, Davis

A deeply researched, clearly written history and analysis of the controversial citizens' lobbying group that worked to support anti-communism in Vietnam beginning in the early 1950s.—VVA Veteran

Meet the Author

A member of the Congregation of Christian Brothers, Joseph G. Morgan is assistant professor of history at Iona College.

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