The Limits of Intervention: An Inside Account of how the Johnson Policy of Escalation in Vietnam was Reversed

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1973 - History - 276 pages
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How the war in Vietnam came to represent the outer limits of feasible American intervention, how the working of the democratic process finally forced President Johnson to abandon a policy of escalation, and why the particular events of March 1968 signaled the end of an era constitute the subject matter of this prize-winning, firsthand account. As under secretary of the Air Force from October 1967 to February 1969, Townsend Hoopes had an insider s perspective on events. His book is both compelling memoir and searching historical inquiry. For this new paperback edition, Mr. Hoopes has written a supplemental chapter interpreting the final events of 1973-75 and assessing with masterful clarity the whole period of American involvement in Vietnam, from 1945 to 1975."
  

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Contents

Roots of Intervention
1
Concurrent Events
33
FullThroated War
57
Bombing North Vietnam
75
Official OptimismPublic Doubt
92
The Strains of January
117
The Tet Offensive
139
The Beginnings of Reappraisal
159
Clifford Resolves His Doubts
182
The President at Bay
202
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Townsend Hoopes was the director of the American Committee on U.S.-Soviet Relations in Washington and past president of the Association of American Publishers. He was also author of The Devil and John Foster Dulles (1973), which won a Bancroft History Prize, and numerous articles in Foreign Affairs, Atlantic Monthly, and other publications.

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