Lyndon Johnson's War

America's Cold War Crusade in Vietnam, 1945-1968

Hunt, Michael H.

Book - 1996
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Lyndon Johnson's War
Baker & Taylor
An analysis of the role of the Johnson administration in the Vietnam War examines the ideological, political, strategic, and institutional factors that led to intervention; Johnson's decision to intensify the war; and the consequences of Vietnam, both at home and abroad.

Blackwell North Amer
The Vietnam War, perhaps the mast controversial war Americans have ever fought, remains a source of pain and perplexity. Why did Lyndon Johnson commit the United States to fight? Why did he fail to act more decisively once he resolved on war? And why didn't he take the American public into his confidence? These questions have troubled historians since the end of the war, but the answers have been buried in inaccessible documents. Now Michael H. Hunt uses newly available sources from both American and Vietnamese archives to reevaluate how and why the war started and then escalated. He examines the ideological, strategic, political, and institutional pressures that in the 1950s propelled the Truman and Eisenhower administrations toward intervention in Indochina; the reasons why Kennedy's and Johnson's policymakers believed that a limited war could be fought there; Johnson's early position on Vietnam and his decision to intensify U.S. involvement in the war; and, finally, the tragic consequences of the Vietnam War both at home and abroad. Throughout, he discusses the values, choices, misconceptions, and miscalculations that shaped the long process of American intervention, thus rendering more comprehensible - if no less troubling - the tangled origins of the Vietnam War.

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Describes the values and misconceptions that shaped American foreign policy in Vietnam

Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, c1996
ISBN: 0809050234
Branch Call Number: 959.7043 H
Characteristics: ix, 146 p. : map ; 22 cm.


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Nov 04, 2013
  • hugh00 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

__Possibly not the LBJ's war that I read... !__ The author went through the available records of the LBJ admin, also offering a commentary. I do recall being startled by his comment "It was here they realized they had lost the war". I hadn't got this myself, from reading the records, had a re-read and found issues being discussed weren't finished ... a sign more of confusion than any realization!


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