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The War Council: McGeorge Bundy, the NSC, and Vietnam
     

The War Council: McGeorge Bundy, the NSC, and Vietnam

by Andrew Preston
 

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ISBN-10: 0674046323

ISBN-13: 9780674046320

Pub. Date: 04/10/2010

Publisher: Harvard

Was the Vietnam War unavoidable? Historians have long assumed that ideological views and the momentum of events made American intervention inevitable. By examining the role of McGeorge Bundy and the National Security Council, Andrew Preston demonstrates that policymakers escalated the conflict in Vietnam in the face of internal opposition, external pressures, and a

Overview

Was the Vietnam War unavoidable? Historians have long assumed that ideological views and the momentum of events made American intervention inevitable. By examining the role of McGeorge Bundy and the National Security Council, Andrew Preston demonstrates that policymakers escalated the conflict in Vietnam in the face of internal opposition, external pressures, and a continually failing strategy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674046320
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/10/2010
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,280,867
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 The Mentor: Stimson's Influence on Bundy 11

2 A Foreign Office in Microcosm: Creating the National Security Adviser and Re-creating the NSC Staff 36

3 Learning to Fear the Bomb: Kennedy's Crises and the Origins of Détente 54

4 The Hawk: Rostow and the First Attempt at Americanization 75

5 The Soft Hawk: Forrestal and Nonmilitary Escalation 101

6 Bundy the Adviser: The Drift to War 129

7 Bundy the Advocate: The Rush to War 155

8 Bundy Ambivalent: Rolling Thunder, Student Unrest, and the Decision to Commit Troops 191

9 Bundy Resilient: The Bombing Pause and the Continuing Search for a Successful Policy 208

Epilogue: Legacies 236

Notes 251

Bibliography of Primary Sources 303

Index 309

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