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A Time for Peace : The Legacy of the Vietnam War

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The Vietnam War left wounds that have taken three decades to heal-indeed some scars remain even today. In A Time for Peace, prominent American historian Robert D. Schulzinger sheds light on how deeply etched memories of this devastating conflict have altered America's political, social, and cultural landscape. Schulzinger examines the impact of the war from many angles. He traces the long, twisted, and painful path of reconciliation with Vietnam, the heated controversy over soldiers who were missing in action and how it resulted in years of false hope for military families, and the outcry over Maya Lin's design for the Vietnam Memorial in Washington. In addition, the book examines the influx of over a million Vietnam refugees and Amerasian children into the US and describes the plight of Vietnam veterans, many of whom returned home alienated, unhappy, and unappreciated, though some led productive post-war lives. Schulzinger looks at how the controversies of the war have continued to be fought in books and films, ranging from novels such as Going After Cacciato and Paco's Story to such movies as The Green Berets (directed by and starring John Wayne), The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, and Rambo. Perhaps most important, the author explores the power of the Vietnam metaphor on foreign policy, particularly in Central America, Somalia, the Gulf War, and the war in Iraq. We see how the "lessons" of the war have been reinterpreted by different ends of the political spectrum.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 109.22 x 152.4 x 101.6mm | 317.51g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 20 black and white illustrations
  • 0195365925
  • 9780195365924
  • 1,075,031

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This extremely well-researched book finally paints a big picture that accurately depicts the long, painful, tense, and frustrating struggle for reconciliation between America and Vietnam. It also vividly captures the incredible experiences of the survivors of that all-too-long conflict. Every participant in the War and those who worked to facilitate reconciliation will find revelations in this book interesting and, very likely, surprising. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to know what really took place after the fighting stopped. * Ambassador Pete Peterson *show more

About Robert D. Schulzinger

Robert D. Schulzinger is Professor of History and Director of the International Affairs Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The author of many books on the history of U.S. foreign relations and politics, including A Time For War: The United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975 (OUP, 1997), he is a former President of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the Editor-In-Chief of Diplomatic Historyshow more

Table of contents

PREFACE; INTRODUCTION: MEMORIES OF THE VIETNAM WAR; PART I; INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS; PART II; VETERANS AND VIETNAMESE AMERICANS; PART III; CULTURAL LEGACIES; PART IV; CONCLUSION: POLITICAL ECHOES OF A WAR; NOTES; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEXshow more

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