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Light At The End Of The Tunnel

Light At The End Of The Tunnel

by Andrew J. Rotter (Editor)

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The Vietnam War alternately mesmerized and maddened the American public for two decades. The repercussions of this unsettling episode in American history still resonate in our society. Light at the End of the Tunnel: A Vietnam War Anthology is a collection of some of the best writing on this tumultuous period in history.

This updated and revised edition of Light at the End of the Tunnel is an exhaustive account of the Vietnam War that gives a total overview of the conflict. Vietnam specialist Andrew Rotter has selected the finest pieces to illuminate the social, cultural, and military aspects of the war and has included several gritty passages in a section of the book that takes the reader into the jungle to experience the war from a soldier's perspective. This penetrating account offers such notable writers as Stephen Ambrose, one of today's most respected historical biographers and author of the bestseller Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West; Philip Caputo, a gung-ho Marine from Chicago who arrived in Vietnam in March 1965 and quickly changed his thinking about the war; Frances FitzGerald, author of the popular book on Vietnam titled Fire on the Lake; and Neil Sheehan, the perceptive reporter who covered the war for The New York Times. Vietnam contemporaries such as Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense under Lyndon Johnson, and Henry Kissinger, National Security Adviser under Richard Nixon, also lend their voices and perspectives to events surrounding the war.

This book is essential for anyone interested in truly understanding the Vietnam War. These readings will both educate and entertain those who want to find out more about this turning point in the history of the United States and, indeed, the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780842027137
Publisher: Sr Books
Publication date: 01/28/1999
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 7.06(w) x 10.14(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Andrew J. Rotter is Charles A. Dana Professor of History at Colgate University.

Table of Contents

Part 1A Chronology of U.S. Intervention
Chapter 1Getting In, 1945-19523
1Ho Chi Minh: The Untried Gamble5
2The United States, France, and the First Indochina War19
Chapter 2Fighting Shy, 1953-196131
3Dwight D. Eisenhower and Wholehearted Support of Ngo Dinh Diem33
4Geneva, 1954: The Precarious Peace47
5The CIA Comes to Vietnam57
Chapter 3Digging In, 1961-196865
6No "Non-Essential Areas": Kennedy and Vietnam66
7The Tonkin Gulf Resolution76
8Groping toward Escalation86
9The Tet Offensive105
10A Dissenter in the Government115
Chapter 4Getting Out, 1968-1975125
11Bombing Hanoi, Mining Haiphong, and the Moscow Summit126
12The Failure of Force138
13Stabbed in the Back150
Part 2In Country
Chapter 5The American Enemy163
14The Birth of the National Liberation Front164
15The People and the Americans173
16Why the Communists Won180
17The National Liberation Front and the Land190
Chapter 6The Battlefield195
18Getting Hit197
19Feeling Cold202
20Nursing and Disillusionment207
21"They Did Not Know Good from Evil"215
Chapter 7The Military223
22Assessing the Military's Performance224
23Military Mismanagement236
24My Lai: The Killing Begins249
Part 3Controversies and Consequences of American Involvement
Chapter 8Laos and Cambodia265
25The War in Laos266
26Bombing Cambodia: A Critique273
27Bombing Cambodia: A Defense284
Chapter 9Interpreting the War295
28A Clash of Cultures297
29A Bureaucratic Tangle314
30An Act of Imperialism323
31A Defense of Freedom343
32A Perfect Technowar353
Chapter 10The War at Home365
33Working-Class War367
34Seeds of a Movement379
35Women at the Barricades, Then and Now392
Chapter 11The Legacy of the War401
36Returning to South Vietnam403
37A Deserter and His Family412
38Agent Orange and the Wall at Home417
Chapter 12Afterword425
39Letting Go427
List of Sources437

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