Vietnam War

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This riveting history includes a clear discussion of the roots of U.S. involvement in Indochina in the days just after World War II and goes on to explore the varied and complex motives behind America's effort to halt the spread of communism in Asia. In clear, lucid prose, Vietnam War, Revised Edition explores the critical questions surrounding the United State's experience in Vietnam: What led President Lyndon B. Johnson to commit combat troops in 1965" How was it possible for North Vietnamese to suffer a ...

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Overview

This riveting history includes a clear discussion of the roots of U.S. involvement in Indochina in the days just after World War II and goes on to explore the varied and complex motives behind America's effort to halt the spread of communism in Asia. In clear, lucid prose, Vietnam War, Revised Edition explores the critical questions surrounding the United State's experience in Vietnam: What led President Lyndon B. Johnson to commit combat troops in 1965" How was it possible for North Vietnamese to suffer a military defeat in the Tet Offensive in 1968 and yet achieve a political victory" What has America learned from the experience of fighting in Vietnam"

Chelsea House is proud to announce the updating and revision of its critically acclaimed America At War series. Features of this revised edition include the addition of color images and maps throughout, as well as extra sidebars and a new chapter on weapons and tactics used in the conduct of each war.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816081875
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Series: America at War Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 America and Vietnam: Missed Opportunities 1

Asia and the Pacific, 1948 2

2 Background to America's Longest War 8

North and South Vietnam, 1954-1975 10

3 Origins of U.S. Involvement: 1954-1961 20

Dr. Tom Dooley and the Battle of Good and Evil in Vietnam 24

4 Kennedy's War: 1961-1963 32

Robert McNamara's Second Thoughts 37

5 Johnson's War: 1963-1964 45

Lyndon Johnson as 1964's "Peace Candidate" 57

6 On the Tiger's Back: 1964-1965 59

Ho Chi Minh Trail, 1965 63

7 The "Grunts" 70

Bob Kerrey and America's Haunted Memory 80

8 Ground War: 1965-1967 85

U.S. Military Forces Tactical Zones in South Vietnam, 1968 96

9 Air War 100

North Vietnam's Air Defenses, 1969-1972 101

The Hanoi Hilton 107

John McCain: The POW as Popular Politician 110

10 The Home Front: Debate and Protest 113

A Just War" 114

Tom Hayden and the Battle of Good and Evil in the streets of Chicago 121

Daniel and Philip Berrigan and Catholic Antiwar Resistance 122

"Flower Power": The Counterculture and the War 126

11 The Tet Offensive 128

Tet Offensive, 1968 129

1968: How the War Wrecked the Democratic Party 141

12 Nixon's War: 1969-1973 143

Kent State and the Fate of the Antiwar Movement 150

Air War in North Vietnam, 1972 152

The 1972 Election: "Peace Is at Hand" 154

13 Weapons and Tactics 157

Tunnel Rats 162

The Return of the Pistol 164

14 The War Ends 171

Missing in Action: Rambo and American Memory of Vietnam 172

Watergate: How the War Helped Destroy the Nixon Presidency 175

Collapse of South Vietnam, 1975 176

"The Wall" 185

Glossary 187

Further Reading 192

Index 196

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