Planning A Tragedy: The Americanization of the War in Vietnam

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1982 - History - 203 pages
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"Takes an historically important decision, places it in its immediate stream of policy development, perceptions and events and adds what was missing from the Pentagon Papers."—Richard E. Neustadt, Harvard University

"A thoroughly researched and highly perceptive study of the decisions that turned the tribal struggle in Vietnam into an American war. Berman's book fully documents the role of domestic policy in our tragic involvement. As one who watched the process at firsthand. I commend Professor Berman's book for its fairness and insight."— George W. Ball
 

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Contents

The Caligula Syndrome
3
II The Road to July 1965
8
Laying the Foundation for a Major Commitment
31
Framing Issues or Framed Advisors?
79
V Components of the Decision Process
130
Notes
154
Bibliography
172
Appendices
179
Index
197
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Larry Berman is the author of Planning a Tragedy, Lyndon Johnson's War, No Peace, No Honor, and Perfect Spy. He is professor emeritus at the University of California, Davis, and founding dean of the Honors College at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

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