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Dear Dr. Spock: Letters about the Vietnam War to America's Favorite Baby Doctor

Dear Dr. Spock: Letters about the Vietnam War to America's Favorite Baby Doctor

by Michael S. Foley


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814727447
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2007
Pages: 281
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Michael S. Foley is associate professor of history at the City University of New York's Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island. He is the author of Confronting the War Machine: Draft Resistance during the Vietnam War.

Table of Contents

A Note on the Letters
1 Gun?re in the Distance, 1965
2 Into the Quagmire, 1966
3 Polarization, January–October 1967
4 The Antiwar Challenge and Its Discontents, October 1967–February 1968
5 Shock Waves: The Aftermath of Tet and the Ordeal at Home, February–May 1968
6 The War on Trial, May–September 1968
7 Toward Nixon’s War, September 1968–December 1969
8 The End of the Tunnel, 1970–1972
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“The letters collected contain an array of opinions about the war, of both the hawk and dove variety. The scores of letters in this collection both praise and vilify Dr. Spock for his antiwar activism.”
-The VVA Veteran


“From thousands of letters written to Dr. Benjamin Spock during the Vietnam War, Foley has carefully culled 218 missives from America’s silent majority. . . . Many may find the frustration, fear and grief expressed here newly relevant.”
-Publishers Weekly


“These letters—with Michael S. Foley's astute and informed commentary—make clear why and how so many Americans trusted Benjamin Spock. The body politic sorely needs a Doctor Spock today.”
-James Carroll,author of Crusade: Chronicles of an Unjust War

“Foley has discovered a unique source on the American home front during the Vietnam War, a perspective that moves us past the usual images of angry polarization. These powerful letters help us to consider how war-times induce people to look with new eyes at their nation and their government.”
-David Farber,author of The Age of Great Dreams: America in the 1960s

“Few documentary collections offer such an immediate connection to the years in which the Vietnam War was fought. Reading these letters now, when the U.S. is once again at war, is a profoundly moving experience.”
-Marilyn B. Young,author of The Vietnam Wars, 1945-1990

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