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The Tet Offensive: Politics, War, and Public Opinion (Vietnam: America in the War Years) Paperback – September 29, 2005
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The Tet Offensive is a lucid and authoritative reexamination of a key moment in the Vietnam War. Schmitz is an intelligent and discerning historian, and he shows it in this excellent brief introduction to the subject. (Fredrik Logevall, Cornell University; author of Choosing War: The Lost Chance for Peace and the Escalation of War in Vietnam)
The Tet Offensive is essential reading for scholars and students of the Vietnam War as well as general readers interested in one of the key turning points in post-1945 American history. Writing with remarkable economy and clarity, David F. Schmitz persuasively argues for a new understanding of U.S. decision-making during the critical early months of 1968. In the process, he dismantles the old and pernicious notion that the American media turned a military victory for the United States into a defeat by convincing the U.S. public that the war was unwinnable. This book will surely stand for years to come as the most authoritative brief account of American responses to the Tet Offensive. (Mark A. Lawrence, University of Texas at Austin; author of The Vietnam War: A Concise International History)
Schmitz offers a concise, convincing portrayal of the Tet Offensive's crucial significance in the history of the Vietnam War. . . . Highly recommended. (H. Shapiro, University of Cincinnati CHOICE)
David F. Schmitz has produced a compact and readable history of what is arguably the most important chapter in the American war in Vietnam. (Erik B. Villard, U.S. Center of Military History)
David Schmitz has provided a sound, compact, and fast-paced account of the critical phase of the Vietnam War, nicely blending military, political, diplomatic, and economic developments. This book should prove appealing to students and general readers alike. (Robert J. McMahon, The Ohio State University)
About the Author
David F. Schmitz is Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History at Whitman College. He is the author of Henry L. Stimson: The First Wise Man, Thank God They're On Our Side: The United States and Right-Wing Dictatorships, 1921–1965, and The United States and Fascist Italy, 1922–1940.
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David Schmitz has written 9 excellent books of history, all worth reading. This one is important for understanding the dynamics of the Vietnam War. The high estimate for deaths during the war is 3.6 million, including more that 50,000 American military deaths. American deaths were less than 1.4% of the total. That should tell you how much more damage the war did to SE Asia than it did to the US and it was a disaster for the US. The only good thing was that it made it more difficult for the US government to send draftees to a foreign war. However, the Mideast wars since 2001 have been fought with professional soldiers serving multiple tours of duty. This has done incredible damage to many of these people. Two of Schmitz's other books detail how the US has supported dictatorships in many countries since early 20th century.
The United States and Right-wing Dictatorships, 1965-1989, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Thank God they're on our side: the United States and Right-wing Dictatorships, 1921-1965, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999.
Midwest Independent Research, mwir-vietnam.blogspot com, mwir-usforeignpolicy.blogspot com.
Part of a series, this book is terse and brief, yet thorough and persuasive.