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Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0896086814 ISBN-10: 089608681X

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  • Series: Radical 60s (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: South End Press (September 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089608681X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896086814
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,915,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a historian, playwright, and activist. He wrote the classic A People's History of the United States, "a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those ... whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories" (Library Journal). The book, which has sold more than two million copies, has been featured on The Sopranos and Simpsons, and in the film Good Will Hunting. In 2009, History aired The People Speak, an acclaimed documentary co-directed by Zinn, based on A People's History and a companion volume, Voices of a People's History of the United States.

Zinn grew up in Brooklyn in a working-class, immigrant household. At 18 he became a shipyard worker and then flew bomber missions during World War II. These experiences helped shape his opposition to war and passion for history. After attending college under the GI Bill and earning a Ph.D. in history from Columbia, he taught at Spelman, where he became active in the civil rights movement. After being fired by Spelman for his support for student protesters, Zinn became a professor of Political Science at Boston University, were he taught until his retirement in 1988.

Zinn was the author of many books, including an autobiography, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train, the play Marx in Soho, and Passionate Declarations. He received the Lannan Foundation Literary Award for Nonfiction and the Eugene V. Debs award for his writing and political activism.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Chris on June 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
The Vietnamese puppets of the French running the South knew that Ho Chi Minh would win any free and fair election so they would repeatedly refuse North Vietnamese requests to hold the promised elections that were supposed to reunify the country as called for in the 1954 Geneva accords. Zinn quotes Bernard Fall, the French right wing military analyst much respected by hawkish American planners, as saying that from 1957 to 1960, the U.S. installed South Vietnamese dictator Ngo Dinh Diem built 425,000 square of high rent villas and Apartments but only 6500 of hospitals and 86000 of schools. Fall noted the peculiarity of Diem's law banning dancing.
Zinn notes that guerilla activity started in the late 50's, by the reactivated units of the Viet Minh, after Diem's stolen elections, torture,"manhunts" etc. He quotes experts on Vietnam that the National Liberation Front ("Viet Cong") was created early in 1960, months before Hanoi authorized its creation, solely on the initiative of Southerners resisting U.S. backed terror. . He observes the Americans already had a couple thousand military "advisors" in the South in violation of the Geneva accords long before the state dept would claim "infiltration" and "aggression" from the North i.e. what it admitted were largely South Vietnamese, crossing the illegal 17th parallel to fight in their own country the American occupiers. Zinn quotes Senate Majority leader Mike Mansfield's committee report that in January 1966 there were 14,000 North Vietnamese troops in the 230,000 NLF force in the South. At the same time there were 170,000 American troops; other foreign troops included 21,000 from South Korea.
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