Vietnam: The Necessary War: A Reinterpretation of America's Most Disastrous Military Conflict

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 16, 2002 - History - 336 pages
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What went wrong in Vietnam?
Michael Lind casts new light on one of the most contentious episodes in American history in this controversial bestseller.
In this groundgreaking reinterpretation of America's most disatrous and controversial war, Michael Lind demolishes enduring myths and put the Vietnam War in its proper context -- as part of the global conflict between the Soviet Union and the United States. Lind reveals the deep cultural divisions within the United States that made the Cold War consensus so fragile and explains how and why American public support for the war in Indochina declined. Even more stunning is his provacative argument that the United States failed in Vietnam because the military establishment did not adapt to the demands of what before 1968 had been largely a guerrilla war.
In an era when the United States often finds itself embroiled in prolonged and difficult conflicts in places like Afghanistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, and Iraq, Lind offers a sobering cautionary tale to Ameicans of all political viewpoints.
  

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Review: Vietnam: The Necessary War: A Reinterpretation of America's Most Disastrous Military Conflict

User Review  - JoséMaría BlancoWhite - Goodreads

This is a dense but revealing book. It called my attention while searching for a different perspective to the square-minded and whacky PC stories. The author gives us an honest and detailed ... Read full review

Review: Vietnam: The Necessary War: A Reinterpretation of America's Most Disastrous Military Conflict

User Review  - Terry - Goodreads

A reinterpretation of what's known about processes and government during The Vietnam Conflict. The book is well written and researched, leans to a right-wing hegemonic viewpoint, and draws some good ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 2
31
Chapter 3
76
Chapter 4
106
Chapter 6
186
Chapter 7
216
Chapter 8
256
Notes
285
Chapter 5
288
Index
307
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Michael Lind, a senior fellow of the New America Foundation lives in Washington, D.C.

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