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Vietnam: An American Ordeal / Edition 5
     

Vietnam: An American Ordeal / Edition 5

by George Donelson Moss
 

ISBN-10: 0131925881

ISBN-13: 9780131925885

Pub. Date: 07/15/2005

Publisher: Prentice Hall

Vietnam: An American Ordeal provides a comprehensive narrative history of U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia, from 1942 to 1975. Unlike most general histories of U.S. involvement in Vietnam—which are either conventional, diplomatic or military histories—this text synthesizes the perspectives to explore both dimensions of the struggle in greater

Overview

Vietnam: An American Ordeal provides a comprehensive narrative history of U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia, from 1942 to 1975. Unlike most general histories of U.S. involvement in Vietnam—which are either conventional, diplomatic or military histories—this text synthesizes the perspectives to explore both dimensions of the struggle in greater depth, elucidating more of the complexities of the U.S.-Vietnam entanglement. It explains why Americans tried so hard for so long to stop the spread of Communism in Indochina, and why they ultimately failed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780131925885
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
07/15/2005
Series:
MySearchLab Series 15% off Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.26(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with Notes.)

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. A Place and a People.

The Land.

The Forge of History.

Mission Civilisatrice.

Emergent Vietnamese Nationalism.

The Japanese Occupation.

Roots of American Involvement.

August Revolution.

2. The Elephant and the Tiger.

Return of the French.

The Franco-Vietminh War.

The Road to Dien Bien Phu.

The Brink of War.

The Geneva Solution.

Lessons.

3. An Experiment in Nation Building.

Ngo Dinh Diem Takes Charge.

Social Revolution in the North.

Building a Nation in the South.

Roots of Revolution.

Land of a Million Elephants.

A Failed Experiment.

4. Raising the Stakes.

Cold War Crises.

A Limited Partnership.

Social Revolution in the South.

The Decline and Fall of Ngo Dinh Diem.

A Failed Partnership.

5. America Goes to War.

The Same Only More.

Coup Season.

In Dubious Battle.

The Election of 1964.

Rolling Thunder.

Dahlias and Gladioli.

Americanizing the War.

6. A Chain of Thunders.

The Concept of Limited War.

War of Attrition.

Search and Destroy.

La Drang: The Battle that Transformed a War.

A Wider War.

Thunder from the Air.

Aerial Attrition Warfar.

The Other War.

Diplomatic Charades.

War at Home.

7. Year of the Monkey.

Surprise Attack!

Siege at Khe Sanh.

Stalemate.

Johnson Agonistes.

Turning Point.

The Televised War.

Talking and Fighting .

Massacre at my Lai.

The Failure of Reform

The Election of 1968

8. A War to End a War.

Nixon and Kissinger.

Vietnamization.

Mobilizing Against War.

The Failure of Vietnamization.

The Failure of Pacification.

Hamburger Hill.

An Army in Decline.

Widening the War: Cambodia.

Cambodian Spring.

Widening the War: Laos.

War Weariness.

The Nguyen Hue Offensive.

Neither Peace Nor Hono.r

9. End of the Tunnel.

Indecent Interval.

Homecoming.

The Postwar War.

The Decay of South Vietnam.

Endgame.

Xuan Loc: The Last Battle of a Long War.

America abandons Cambodia.

America abandons South Vietnam.

The disappearance of South Vietnam.

Why we lost and they won.

The Wounds Within.

The Spectre of Vietnam.

Vietnam and Iraq: Analogies at War.

A Pronunciation Guide for Vietnamese Words.

Tables.

Glossary.

Chronology of US Involvement in Vietnam, 1942-1975.

Bibliography.

Books.

Articles.

Documents.

Archival and Unpublished Sources.

Literature: Poetry, Novels, Novelistic Memoirs, Novelistic Journals.

Television Documentaries and Television Programs.

Films.

Websites.

Index.

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