Vietnam: An American Ordeal / Edition 6 available in Paperback
This book provides a comprehensive narrative history of U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia, from 1942 to 1975with a concluding section that traces U.S.-Vietnam relations from the end of the war in 1975 to the present. Unlike most general histories of U.S. involvement in Vietnamwhich are either conventional diplomatic or military historiesthis volume synthesizes the perspectives to explore both dimensions of the struggle in greater depth, elucidating more of the complexities of the U.S.-Vietnam entanglement. It explains why Americans tried so hard for so long to stop the spread of Communism into Indochina, and why they failed. Key topics: The Fall of Saigon: The End as Prelude. Vietnam: A Place and A People. The Elephant and the Tiger. An Experiment in Nation Building. Raising the Stakes. Going to War. The Chain of Thunders. The Year of the Monkey. A War to End a War. The End of the Tunnel. Market: For anyone curious to know about the long American involvement in Southeast Asia, 1942-1975.
Table of Contents
Epiphany: Of Black Marble and Memories; The Fall of Saigon: The End as Prelude; 1. Vietnam: A Place and A People; 2. The Elephant and the Tiger; 3. An Experiment in Nation Building; 4. Raising the Stakes; 5. America Goes to War; 6. The Chain of Thunders; 7. The Year of the Monkey; 8. A War to End a War; 9. The End of the Tunnel.; Tables; Glossary; Chronology; Bibliography; Index.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Excellent overview of the war that incorporates political, diplomatic, and social history along with the expected military history of the war. The book follows a chronological approach while providing thematic sub-sections to each chapter. Highly recommended.