The Vietnam War

The Vietnam War : A History in Documents

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The Vietnam War tells the story of one of the most divisive episodes in modern American history through primary sources, ranging from government documents, news reports, speeches, popular songs to memoirs, writings by Vietnam veterans (including coauthor John Fitzgerald), and poetry by Vietnamese and Americans on matching themes. The book begins in the 19th century when Vietnam became a French colony, and traces the insidious route by which the United States became involved in a war on the other side of the world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 200.66 x 248.92 x 12.7mm | 294.83g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 116 b/w illus.
  • 0195166353
  • 9780195166354
  • 1,104,315

Table of contents

What is a Document? ; How to Read a Document ; A Little History, By Way of Introduction ; Chapter One: The First Indochina War ; Vietnam Approaches America ; America Responds ; Chapter Two: Waist Deep in the Big Muddy ; A Temporary Peace ; Eisenhower's Vietnam ; Kennedy's War ; Chapter Three: America's War ; The War Expands ; The Public Debate ; Chapter Four: Picture Essay: Selling Patriotism ; Chapter Five: Going to War ; Soldiers at War ; Other Voices ; The Condition of the Army ; Chapter Six: A People Divided ; The African-American Community ; Opposition within the Military ; Chapter Seven: Nixon's War ; My Lai ; The Nixon Doctrine ; Bombing Hanoi to the Bargaining table ; Chapter Eight: After the War ; Looking Back ; Legacies ; Timeline ; Glossary ; Further Reading and Websites ; Text Credits ; Picture Credits ; Index
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Provides historials and students of history with a wealth of first-hand information missing from past conflicts. Those "primary sources"...provide the basis for a different way to teach history - allowing students to decide the meaning. * Longmeadow News * Comprised of first- and second-hand accounts of American policy in Vietnam during the 1960s. Its primary sources are held together chronologically with narrative. Political cartoons, U.S. government files, Vietnamese iconography, and song lyrics by Bruce Springsteen are among the book's most compelling and evocative elements. * Hampshire Gazette * Simply terrific. If I were teaching the Vietnam War, I would rush to use it. The photos are extraordinary and the documents powerful. There is no better single volume on the war that makes the events and ideas come alive as this book does. * Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States * This introduction is clear and concise, particularly appropriate for aspiring historians on the undergraduate and advanced secondary levels. * The Journal of America's Military Past *
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About A. Tom Grunfeld

Marilyn B. Young is a Professor of History at New York University who specializes in the study and teaching of US-East Asian Relations.
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