Uncertain Warriors: Lyndon Johnson and His Vietnam Advisers

Uncertain Warriors: Lyndon Johnson and His Vietnam Advisers

by David M. Barrett

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Uncertain Warriors: Lyndon Johnson and His Vietnam Advisers by David M. Barrett

"A book that should be read closely by those interested in LBJ and why Vietnam happened. . . . By allowing for a very complex LBJ, Barrett has given us a more interesting figure than have many better-known books."—Deborah Shapley, author of Promise and Power: The Life and Times of Robert McNamara

"A book of great humanity and compassion. . . . Fair-minded without being uncritical, thorough but never pedantic, always clear and readable, this book belongs on the small shelf of truly first-class books on American policy in the Vietnam War."—William P. Bundy, former editor of Foreign Affairs

"A genuinely important study which views President Johnson's conduct of Vietnam policy with a fresh eye."—George McT. Kahin, author of Intervention: How America Became Involved in Vietnam

"Uncertain Warriors will be much discussed as Vietnam scholars continue to debate the question, 'Why Vietnam?'"—Lloyd Gardner, author of Approaching Vietnam: From World War II through Dienbienphu

"The best account I have seen of Tet decisions."—George C. Herring, author of America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975

Author Biography: David M. Barrett is assistant professor of political science at Villanova University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780700606122
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Publication date: 10/28/1993
Series: Modern War Studies
Pages: 296

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Lyndon Johnson, His Vietnam Advisers, and the American Political Environment
2. 1965: "Our Last Clear Chance"
3. 1967: Waist Deep
4. 1968: Tet
5. The Evolution of Johnson's Vietnam Advisory System
6. Secrecy and Openness in the White House: An Interpretation of Johnson's Political Style
Afterword: On Rationality, Johnson's Worldview, and the War
Appendix: Significant Advisers to Johnson on Vietnam—1965, 1967, 1968
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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