A Grand Delusion: America's Descent Into Vietnam

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Basic Books, Jan 3, 2002 - History - 821 pages
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A Grand Delusion is the first comprehensive single-volume American political history of the Vietnam War. Spanning the years 1945 to 1975, it is the definitive story of the well-meaning, but often misguided, American political leaders whose unquestioning adherence to the crusading, anti-Communist Cold War dogma of the 1950's and 1960's led the nation into its tragic misadventure in Vietnam.At the center of this narrative are seven political leaders-Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, J. William Fulbright, Mike Mansfield, and George McGovern. During their careers, each occupied center-stage in the nation's debate over U.S. policy in Vietnam.This is a piercing analysis of political currents and an epic tragedy filled with fascinating characters and antagonisms and beliefs that divided the nation.

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User Review  - mjmuk - LibraryThing

Purchased this book some eight months ago and still working my way through it - work and other books got in the way. Large book that at first seemed a daunting read, but very easy to follow and full ... Read full review

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User Review  - Andrew Crouch - Goodreads

Fresh perspective on the collective tragedy that was the Vietnam War. I hadn't explored Vietnam much before, and I enjoyed the focus here on the mechanisms of policy-making rather than on combat or ... Read full review

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Robert Mann has served as an aide to two U.S. senators and is the author of a widely praised book on the civil rights movement, The Walls of Jericho: Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, Richard Russell and the Struggle for Civil Rights. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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