The Vietnam War
Vietnamese and American Perspectives
Paperback ISBN: 1563241315
This volume derives from an unprecedented seminar held at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in November 1990. At the seminar, leading Western diplomatic and military historians and Vietnam scholars met with prominent Vietnamese Communists to reflect on the Vietnam War. The book contains four parts: The Vietnamese Revolution and Political/Military strategy; the war from the American side; the war in the South and Cambodia; and retrospective and postwar issues. In addition to Jane Werner and Luu Doan Huynh, the contributors are Mark Bradley, William Duiker, David Elliott, Christine White, George Vickers, James Harrison, George Herring, Ronald Spector, Paul Joseph, Jeffrey Clarke, Ngo Vinh Long, Benedict Kiernan, Marilyn Young, Keith Taylor, and Tran Van Tra. General Tra was Commander of the People's Liberation Armed Forces of South Vietnam from 1963 to 1975. His eye-opening analysis of the Tet Offensive has never before been available in English.
American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia, 1961-1973
Paperback ISBN: 1591147387
Kiley and Rochester, both affiliated with the Historical Office of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, provide a balanced and authoritative account of the fate of the nearly 800 American servicemen captured during the Vietnam War. They draw on previously unreleased materials, and interviews with more than 100 former POWs, to meticulously reconstruct a narrative of this chapter of the war. Their analysis of the shifting tactics and temperaments of both captive and captor as the war evolved weaves domestic political developments and battlefield action with prison scenes that alternate between Hanoi's concrete cells, jungle stockades, and mountain camps. Many b&w historical photos are included. First published in 1999, the book remains a powerful portrait of how men cope under horrific conditions. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
What We Did in Vietnam and What It Did to Us
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0812925769
A journalist and former Vietnam draft resister explores the divisive legacy of the Vietnam War, offering an insider's view of the antiwar movement of the era and the moral implications of the war and its aftermath. 50,000 first printing. Tour.
The Girl in the Picture
The Story of Kim Phuc, the Photograph, and the Vietnam War
Paperback ISBN: 0140280219
Known around the world as the "napalm girl" after being photographed fleeing, naked, from an attack on her South Vietnamese village, Kim Phuc's struggle against war and publicity is narrated by the author of The Concubine's Children. Reprint.
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.
The Vietnam Reader
The Definitive Collection of American Fiction and Nonfiction on the War
Paperback ISBN: 0385491182
A uniquely comprehensive anthology presents the finest fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, film, photographs, and lyrics to come out of America's involvement in Vietnam, along with a glossary, filmography, bibliography, chronology of the war and readers' discussion guide. Original.
Death of a Generation
How the Assassinations of Diem and JFK Prolonged the Vietnam War
Paperback ISBN: 0195176057
When John F. Kennedy was shot, millions were left to wonder how America, and the world, would have been different had he lived to fulfill the enormous promise of his presidency. For many historians and political observers, what Kennedy would and would not have done in Vietnam has been a source of enduring controversy. Now, based on convincing new evidence--including a startling revelation about the Kennedy administration's involvement in the assassination of Premier Diem--Howard Jones argues that Kennedy intended to withdraw the great bulk of American soldiers and pursue a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Vietnam. Drawing upon recently declassified hearings by the Church Committee on the U.S. role in assassinations, newly released tapes of Kennedy White House discussions, and interviews with John Kenneth Galbraith, Robert McNamara, Dean Rusk, and others from the president's inner circle, Jones shows that Kennedy firmly believed that the outcome of the war depended on the South Vietnamese. In the spring of 1962, he instructed Secretary of Defense McNamara to draft a withdrawal plan aimed at having all special military forces home by the end of 1965. The "Comprehensive Plan for South Vietnam" was ready for approval in early May 1963, but then the Buddhist revolt erupted and postponed the program. Convinced that the war was not winnable under Diem's leadership, President Kennedy made his most critical mistake--promoting a coup as a means for facilitating a U.S. withdrawal. In the cruelest of ironies, the coup resulted in Diem's death followed by a state of turmoil in Vietnam that further obstructed disengagement. Still, these events only confirmed Kennedy's view about South Vietnam's inability to win the war and therefore did not lessen his resolve to reduce the U.S. commitment. By the end of November, however, the president was dead and Lyndon Johnson began his campaign of escalation. Jones argues forcefully that if Kennedy had not been assassinated, his withdrawal plan would have spared the lives of 58,000 Americans and countless Vietnamese. Written with vivid immediacy, supported with authoritative research, Death of a Generation answers one of the most profoundly important questions left hanging in the aftermath of John F. Kennedy's death. Death of a Generation was a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2003.
Long Time Passing
Vietnam and the Haunted Generation
Hardcover ISBN: 0385158424
Interviews with Vietnam veterans, draft dodgers, protesters, and objectors and with the families of those who died in the war or are still missing, provide a vivid portrait of the Vietnam generation