U.s. History - Vietnam Conflict
Sideshow: Kissinger, Nixon and the Destruction of Cambodia
Sideshow
Kissinger, Nixon and the Destruction of Cambodia
Paperback      ISBN: 0671641034
They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October, 1967
They Marched into Sunlight
War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October, 1967
Hardcover      ISBN: 0743217802
A Pulitzer Prize-winning writer focuses on a crucial two-day battle in Vietnam that was also marked by an ill-fated protest by University of Wisconsin students at the Dow Chemical Company, in an hour-by-hour narrative that offers insight into the president's reactions and the first-hand experiences of people who were there. 150,000 first printing.
Vietnam the Necessary War: A Reinterpretation of America's Most Disastrous Military Conflict
Vietnam the Necessary War
A Reinterpretation of America's Most Disastrous Military Conflict
Hardcover      ISBN: 0684842548
Offering what is sure to be a controversial perspective on America's most painful war, the author proposes that Vietnam should have been fought, but with different tactics
Abandoning Vietnam: How America Left and South Vietnam Lost Its War
Abandoning Vietnam
How America Left and South Vietnam Lost Its War
Paperback      ISBN: 0700616233
Did America's departure from Vietnam produce the "peace with honor" promised by President Richard Nixon or was that simply an empty wish meant to distract war-weary Americans from a tragic "defeat with shame"? While James Willbanks doesn't offer any easy answers to that question, his book convincingly shows why America's strategy for exiting the Vietnam War failed miserably and left South Vietnam to a dismal fate. That strategy, "Vietnamization," was designed to transfer full responsibility for the defense of South Vietnam to the South Vietnamese, but in a way that would buy the United States enough time to get out without appearing to run away. To achieve this goal, America poured millions of dollars into training and equipping the South Vietnamese military while attempting to pacify the countryside. Precisely how this strategy was implemented and why it failed so completely are the subjects of this eye-opening study Drawing upon both archival research and his own military experiences in Vietnam, Willbanks focuses on military operations from 1969 through 1975. He begins by analyzing the events that led to a change in U.S. strategy in 1969 and the subsequent initiation of Vietnamization. He then critiques the implementation of that policy and the combat performance of the South Vietnamese army (ARVN), which finally collapsed in 1975. Willbanks contends that Vietnamization was a potentially viable plan that was begun years too late. Nevertheless some progress was made and the South Vietnamese, with the aid of U.S. advisers and American airpower, held off the North Vietnamese during their massive offensive in 1972. However, the Paris Peace Accords, which left NVA troops in the south, and the subsequent loss of U.S. military aid negated any gains produced through Vietnamization. These factors coupled with corruption throughout President Thieu's government and a glaring lack of senior military leadership within the South Vietnamese armed forces ultimately led to the demise of South Vietnam. A mere two years after the last American combat troops had departed, North Vietnamese tanks rolled into Saigon, overwhelming a poorly trained, disastrously led, and corrupt South Vietnamese military. But those two years had provided Nixon with the "decent interval" he desperately needed to proclaim that "peace with honor" had been achieved. Willbanks digs beneath that illusion to reveal the real story of South Vietnam's fall.
After the Flag Has Been Folded: A Daughter Remembers the Father She Lost to War--and the Mother Who Held Her Family Together
After the Flag Has Been Folded
A Daughter Remembers the Father She Lost to War--and the Mother Who Held Her Family Together
Paperback      ISBN: 0060721499
The award-winning writer for Benched: The Memoirs of Judge Rufe McCombs recounts how she and her two siblings lost their Vietnam soldier father in 1966 and how her mother worked to support the family in spite of such challenges as alcoholism, war stigmas, and a limited education. Originally published as Hero Mama. Reprint.
Allies at Odds: America, Europe, and Vietnam, 1961-1968
Allies at Odds
America, Europe, and Vietnam, 1961-1968
Paperback      ISBN: 0810894955
Allies at Odds examines America's Vietnam policy from 1961 to 1968 in an international context by focusing on the United States' relationship with its European partners France West Germany, and Great Britain. The European response to America's Vietnam policy provides a framework to assess this important chapter in recent U.S. history within the wider perspective of international relations. Equally significant, the respective approaches to the "Vietnam question" In the Europeans and Americans reveal the ongoing challenge for nation-states of transcending narrowly defined state-centered policies for a global perspective in pursuit of common goals among the transatlantic allies. Eugenie M. Blang explores the failure of France, West Germany, and Great Britain to significantly influence American policy-making. Disregarding European concerns, the United States unilaterally embarked on a strategy of escalation to secure a non-Communist South Vietnam
America's War in Vietnam: A Short Narrative History
America's War in Vietnam
A Short Narrative History
Paperback      ISBN: 0253213606
"This book has been long needed: a concise, complete and dispassionate survey of the Vietnam War.... Best of all, the no-nonsense approach answers questions as soon as they arise in the reader's mind." —Kliatt "If there is such a thing as an objective account [of the Vietnam War], this is it.... If you want to read one book about Vietnam, read this one." —New York Review of Books A short, narrative history of the origins, course, and outcome of America's military involvement in Vietnam by an experienced guide to the causes and conduct of war, Larry H. Addington. He begins with a history of Vietnam before and after French occupation, the Cold War origins of American involvement, the domestic impact of American policies on public support, and the reasons for the ultimate failure of U.S. policy.
An American Amnesia: How the U.S. Congress Forced the Surrenders of South Vietnam and Cambodia
An American Amnesia
How the U.S. Congress Forced the Surrenders of South Vietnam and Cambodia
Hardcover      ISBN: 0825306329
Arguing that Americans have amnesia about what happened during the war, Herschensohn (public policy, Pepperdine U.), who served under President Nixon and on the Reagan Transition Team, claims that the actions taken by the 94th Congress and American citizens who opposed the Vietnam War influenced South Vietnam's surrender in 1975. He draws on notes, speeches, and writings from his experiences in Southeast Asia in the 1960s and 70s to describe parts of the war that have been forgotten. He does not provide a full history of the war, but focuses on the two years between the Paris Peace Accords and the surrender and what happened in North and South Vietnam, also discussing presidents who supported defending South Vietnam; the plight of Southeast Asian refugees; the negative effects of demonstrators and protestors, including celebrities like Jane Fonda; journalists who he claims stayed in their hotels rather than covering the action; and how the surrender may have indirectly influenced 9/11. No bibliography is present, but some source information is provided within the text. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
American Myth and the Legacy of Vietnam
American Myth and the Legacy of Vietnam
Paperback      ISBN: 0231058799
Probing the effect of the Vietnam War on the American self-image, the author uses popular culture, literature, and film to study how the myths and symbols of the war reflected the politics of Americans
American Myth and the Legacy of Vietnam
American Myth and the Legacy of Vietnam
Hardcover      ISBN: 0231058780
Probing the effect of the Vietnam War on the American self-image, the author uses popular culture, literature, and film to study how the myths and symbols of the war reflected the politics of Americans