The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Vietnam War

The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Vietnam War

Language: English

Pages: 352

ISBN: 0028639499

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


If you are too young to remember the Vietnam War, this book will give you a comprehensive view of the thirty-year conflict, a more complete story than you might get in your history textbook. It will satisfy the curiosity of those who want to know more about the history and culture of the United States during the sixites and seventies, and it will give older readers an unbiased reminder of their youth.

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Conference refusal to sign Accords Dutch, Achmed Sukarno Dzu, Truong Dinh E Eagleton, Thomas Easter Offensive, Quang Tri eavesdropping electronics economic imperialism Menzies, Robert Rusk, Dean economy, financial costs of war Eisenhower, President Dwight D. “happy days” campaign New Look defense policies perception of French defeat at Dienbienphu VULTURE elections, South Vietnam Eleventh Armored Cavalry Regiment, George S. Patton Ellsberg, Daniel, Pentagon Papers leak

the point. Colonel Pham Ngoc Thao was also an early Vietcong supporter and agent. Somehow Diem’s new secret police and the wandering tribunals were expected to end all significant opposition to the Saigon government. Instead, his policy of oppression played into Ho Chi Minh’s hands, winning more adherents to the Vietcong. But the Vietcong were not yet ready to challenge Diem. The question for Ho was what to do with this growing new version of the old Vietminh. Spontaneous Uprisings Adding

nations with money, that would be a whole different ballgame. Nothing came of a fat, sweeping aid plan, but a rehash of the Alliance for Progress approach always intrigued. TALES FROM THE FRONT Joining the foreign service in 1962, Richard Holbroke was an old friend of the son of Secretary of State Dean Rusk, and he used every connection possible to get to Vietnam. He didn’t want to miss it. His superiors suggested that military victory was only weeks away, and Holbroke feared that the “only

supposed to be a descendent of the New Deal. Their off-and-on recommendations for caution and restraint were tempered by their belief in big government and Cold War victory. The truth is that Johnson never anticipated any economic troubles because of Vietnam. After it was all over, there might be a congressional investigation or two into wasteful spending, but who, Johnson asked, would penalize a winner because of it? In 1898, Johnson once reminded Rostow, Congress investigated the McKinley

Asia/Pacific allies through his “More Flags” program. • ROK troops committed many civilian atrocities. • President Johnson hoped that victory in the Dominican Republic would influence events in Vietnam. Part 4 No Light in the Tunnel In 1968, America got a wake-up call. After all the years of blood, effort, and endless economic aid packages, the U.S. role in Vietnam hadn’t changed a thing. North Vietnam’s horrific Tet Offensive proved the point, and dispatching more American troops was not

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