Synopses & Reviews
This book provides a brief and manageable collection of the most important documents on U.S. policymaking in the Vietnam War between 1950 and 1968. Edited by the foremost Vietnam historian, this supplementary text can be used in conjunction with any history of the Vietnam war--Herring's own America's Longest War, for example.
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.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: The Origins of Involvement, 1950-1960
CHAPTER 2: John F. Kennedy and the Escalation of War, 1961-1963
CHAPTER 3: Graduated Response, 1963-1965
CHAPTER 4: America goes to War, 1965
CHAPTER 5: Stalemate,1965-1966
CHAPTER 6: The 1967 Policy Debate
CHAPTER 7: The TET Offensive and the End of Escalation