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Lyndon Johnson's War: America's Cold War Crusade in Vietnam, 1945-1968 (Hill and Wang Critical Issues) Reprint Edition

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From Publishers Weekly

History professor Hunt (Ideology and U.S. Foreign Policy, etc.) first encountered the "real Vietnam" in the early 1960s when, as a college student, he spent two summers in Saigon, where his father was stationed in the U.S. military mission. Expecting to find an endangered nation that could be rescued by can-do Americans, he instead saw a country engaged in a complex struggle that had already confounded the French. Now, 20 years after the war's end, Hunt?who served in the Army but not in Vietnam, and who currently teaches at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill?has undertaken a "long-delayed exercise in exorcism," in which he examines why the U.S. became involved in Vietnam. The result is a scholarly, clearly argued work that presents the various decisions to increase American commitment as having been made neither by maniacal warmongers nor by righteous visionaries. Rather, Hunt contends, those decisions?for good or ill?were made within the context of the times, by leaders blind to the fact that an iron-willed enemy was prepared to absorb our worst blows until we, like the French and the Chinese before us, abandoned their land. Drawing on new documentation from Hanoi, Washington and the LBJ library in Texas, Hunt offers an intense, penetrating study that will likely inspire continued reasoned examination of the gestation of a national tragedy.
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From Library Journal

Hunt (Frontier Defense and the Open Door, LJ 3/1/74), who teaches history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has written what is perhaps the shortest book available about the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. In fewer than 145 pages, he provides a scant outline of major events surrounding this country's most divisive war. In this limited format, he merely reviews well-documented events that occurred throughout the Truman through the Nixon administrations; no new facts or conclusions emerge. It is difficult to imagine what audience would benefit from such a cursory treatment of a very complex topic. Those who know nothing about the war will be confused, while informed readers will be left wondering just what point the author is trying to make. All libraries will be better served by any number of other titles already on the shelf. Not recommended.?Robert J. Favini, Bentley Coll. Lib., Waltham, Mass.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Hill and Wang Critical Issues
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hill and Wang; Reprint edition (August 30, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809016044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809016044
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Hunt has written a compact yet thorough history of the U. S. involvement in Vietnam. Hunt's premise, in effect, is that due to ignorance, arrogance, and ethnocentrism, U.S. leaders are prevented from a real understanding of Vietnam before embarking on a series of ultimately tragic decisions.
The title of the work suggests two themes. One, Lyndon Johnson made the crucial decisions and thus made the war his own and is therefore to blame for the resulting quagmire. Two, while it is LBJ's war, it is actually part of a larger struggle, the Cold War, an effort in which the United States ultimately prevailed. This is, perhaps, the proper prism through which Vietnam should be viewed.
This work is particularly strengthened and distinguished by Professor Hunt's exploration of the major criticisms of Lyndon Johnson's prosecution of the Vietnam War. He concludes that Johnson was not candid with the American public, and that he proceeded knowing full well the risks involved. Additionally, while Johnson did go to war with clear goals, utilizing power decisively, he was ultimately strait-jacketed by the times in which he lived.
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As one of the previous reviewers have already noted, Dr. Hunt spends a lot of time telling us how Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Nixon made decisions that ultimately led the slide into the Vietnam War. What Hunt does say in one chapter is that Johnson made the critical decisions which ultimately led to the disaster of the Vietnam War. At a little over one hundred pages, the author describes the slide into the war with clear concise readable pages. The Vietnam War was one of the battles of the Cold War. He also shows how poor leadership on Kennedy's part led us into this disaster, and how a poor game plan kept us there past the 1968 election (Nixon's fault). There is a lot of blame to go around between both parties and presidents. However Johnson was the key decision maker.

This a compact readable book. It makes its arguments concise and to the point. This a nice diplomatic history of the slide to war with the Vietnamese Communists.
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The best book I've read on Vietnam and our involvement. One of the significant aspects of this book is the character development. He not only delves deep into Lyndon Johnson's motivation but also Ho Chi Min and the various leaders of South Vietnam as well as the many Americans who contributed to our escalation of that war. Mr. Hunt made a very good case for why this war could not have ended in any other way other than how it did.
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