- Paperback: 316 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 2nd edition (November 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0075547953
- ISBN-13: 978-0075547952
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,411,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
George C. Herring is Alumni Professor of history at the University of Kentucky. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia and taught at Ohio University before moving to the University of Kentucky. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and essays, including The Secret Diplomacy of the Vietnam War: The Negotiating Volumes of the Pentagon Papers (1983) and LBJ and Vietnam: A Different Kind of War (1994). He served as editor of the scholarly journal Diplomatic History from 1982 to 1986 and was President of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in 1990. In 1991, he served as Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand and from 1993 to 1994, he was Visiting Professor of History at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Like the rest of my generation, I watched the war on television and am certainly familiar with the names and personalities. In more recent years I have tried to so some reading on the war and with an interest in JFK, have always pondered the question of whether or not the war would have evolved in the same way had Kennedy lived. With that being said, I have to admit that I did not have a clear knowledge of the sequence of events that lead to America's involvement in the war.
George Herring's AMERICA'S LONGEST WAR did that for me. It puts in historical context many events that I was aware of individually but did not piece together in historical context. For example, I've recently done some reading about Watergate and a bio of Nixon. Herring puts all of that into context and how ultimately, the War that lead to Watergate caused Nixon's demise. I would strongly recommend it for someone who wants a basic understanding of how America got to where it was in relation to Vietnam.
There are many tragedies, acts of stupidity, and just bad judgment written about in this book but the saddest part relate to the unnecessary loss of life on both sides. And how the American people where kept in the dark about the conduct of the war. The tragedy for America was the 58,000 lives lost and the billions of dollars that were spent.
It is a useless debate now, but one could speculate as to what America could have been like had this money been used for schools, roads, bridges and health care or just a reduction of taxes. What would those 58,000 people have done to contribute to a better America? As in the Civil War, consider the generation of American women who had no husbands because of the deaths in the war - the children without fathers - the mothers and fathers without sons. This loss of men in the Vietnam war hit the black community especially hard. My generation of black females had many of the men of marriageable age left dead in the rice paddies of South East Asia. And those that returned often suffered long term effects. How many of the now aging Vietnam Veterans Against the War could have changed America in so many different ways had they never gone to fight in a war that we could not win?
The history of the War in Vietnam is a tragic chapter in American history but one that George Herring relates in a clear and concise manner that is readable and easy enough for the novice student of the Vietnam War to understand.
I highly recommend it.