"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.
Table of Contents
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 Vietnam1965, 1967, 1968