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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 640 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 30mm | 798.32g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 3 maps
  • 074321532X
  • 9780743215329
  • 805,751

Table of contents



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





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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.
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