Ending the Vietnam War

Ending the Vietnam War : A History of America's Involvement in and Extrication from the Vietnam War

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Henry Kissinger presents a seamless chronicle of the policies and personalities that thrust the US into war and explains in unprecedented detail the diplomatic efforts he employed both publicly and in private to extricate America from Vietnam. From his behind-the-scenes role to his key positions as President Nixon's foreign policy and national security adviser and later his Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger was at the centre of America's involvement in Vietnam. In ENDING THE VIETNAM WAR, he reveals what actually happened: what was said in high level meetings and in the conversations he had with President Nixon; how policy was made; the thinking behind major decisions and the negotiations that led to the Paris Peace table and much more. Supported by meticulous documentation and filled with sharply observed portraits of significant players, ENDING THE VIETNAM WAR is the story of the war from one of those who shaped its course.show more

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  • Paperback | 640 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 30mm | 798.32g
  • Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 3 maps
  • 074321532X
  • 9780743215329
  • 638,513

Table of contents

Contents Foreword 1. America's Entry into the Morass (1950-1969) 2. Evolution of a Strategy What the Nixon Administration Found * Groping for a Strategy: The North Vietnamese Offensive and the Bombing of Cambodia * Attempts at a Diplomatic Outcome * Peace Initiatives * The Beginning of Troop Withdrawals * A Secret Meeting * Another Reassessment * The Unpacifiable Doves * A Strategy Emerges 3. Secret Negotiations and a Widening War The Secret Negotiations * Special Advisor Le Duc Tho and the First Round of Talks * Laos Interlude * The Overthrow of Sihanouk * Another Major Troop Withdrawal * The Attack on North Vietnamese Sanctuaries * The Cambodian Incursion * The Domestic Travail * The Balance Sheet 4. Diplomacy and Strategy: From a Cease-fire Proposal to the Interdiction of the Ho Chi Minh Trail Madame Binh's Eight Points * The Setting of a Strategy * The Laos Operation * Lam Son 719: The Military Operation * Braving Domestic Opposition * The Negotiations Are Resumed * The South Vietnamese Presidential Election * Revealing the Secret Talks 5. Hanoi Throws the Dice: The Vietnam Spring Offensive Diplomatic Maneuvers * What Strategy? 6. The Showdown The May 2 Secret Meeting * The Mining and Bombing of North Vietnam * The Summit in the Balance 7. From Stalemate to Breakthrough Testing the Stalemate * A Visit to Saigon * Interlude: Meetings of September 15 and 27 * The Breakthrough: The October 8 Meeting 8. The Troubled Road to Peace Interlude in Paris * Consultation with Thieu * Rumblings * Showdown with Thieu * The Journey Home 9. "Peace Is at Hand" Election Interlude * Haig Visits Saigon Again * The Meetings with Le Duc Tho Resume * The Breakdown of the Negotiations * The Christmas Bombing * Negotiations Resume * The January Round of Negotiations * Thieu Relents * Peace at Last * Postlude 10. A Visit to Hanoi 11. Enforcement and Aid The Thieu Visit * Watergate and Enforcement * The Search for Peace in Cambodia * The Aborted Chinese Mediation * The Negotiations Unravel 12. Ford and Vietnam The Strangulation of South Vietnam * Hanoi Resumes the Offensive * The End of the Road 13. The Collapse of Cambodia The Myth of the Failure to Negotiate on Cambodia * The Final Collapse * Final Note 14. The End of Vietnamar The Debate over Evacuation * The Search for a Political Solution * The Evacuation * The Last Day Epilogue Acknowledgments Appendix Notes Indexshow more

About Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger was the fifty-sixth Secretary of State. Born in Germany, Dr. Kissinger came to the United States in 1938 and was naturalized a U.S. citizen in 1943. He served in the U.S. Army and attended Harvard University, where he later became a member of the faculty. Among the awards he has received are the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Medal of Liberty. Dr. Kissinger is currently Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm.show more

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