Vietnam: explaining America's lost war
The involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War has been the most polarizing issue within post-war American history. It was divisive at the time, both domestically and internationally, and debates continue to the present day. At the heart of the disputes has always been the question of 'failure' - why was the United States unable to achieve its objectives? Was failure inherent in the decision to go to war? Was it inherently an unwinnable war, or was failure the result of inept strategy, poor leadership, and a biased media? In Vietnam, Gary R. Hess describes and evaluates the main arguments of scholars, participants, and journalists, both revisionist and orthodox in their approach, as they consider why the United States was unable to achieve its objectives. While providing a clear and well-balanced account of existing historical debate, Hess also offers his own interpretation of the events and opens a dialogue about the usefulness of historical argument in reaching a deeper understanding of the conflict. This concise book is essential reading for students and teachers of the Vietnam War as both a clear and well-balanced account of existing historical debate and a thought-provoking look at the future of historical scholarship.
54 pages matching South Vietnamese Army in this book
Results 1-3 of 54
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Presidential Decisions for War: Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf
Gary R. Hess
Limited preview - 2001
A Necessary War or a Mistaken War?
The Revisionist Critique of the Strategy for Defeat
The Revisionist Critique of the Other War
4 other sections not shown
achieve aggression air power ally America's Longest Americans and South antiwar argument ARVN attacks battles became Bernard Fall bombing of North Cambodia campaign casualties Chinese civilian claims Cold commitment communist conflict contend coverage critical decision defeat Defense Diem's disengagement effort enemy escalation failed failure fighting forces Hanoi hearts-and-minds historian Ibid if-only Indochina insurgency interpretation intervention Johnson journalists Kennedy exceptionalism Kennedy's leaders leadership limited lost victory Lyndon Johnson major Marines military power Minh movement national security negotiations Ngo Dinh Diem Nixon and Kissinger objective officials operations pacification program peace Phoenix Program political President reflected reporting revisionism revisionist Robert Rolling Thunder Saigon government scholars search-and-destroy South Vietnam South Vietnamese Army South Vietnamese government Southeast Asia Soviet Union strategy struggle television Tet Offensive Thieu troops undermined Union and China United University Press Viet Cong Viet Minh Vietnam New York village waged Westmoreland World writes