Synopses & Reviews
Few wars have had such a deep impact on the American people than the Vietnam War.Gerard de Groot's clear-eyed treatment covers the military events, the political and strategic contexts, as well as the social and cultural impact of the war. It's a powerful study which offers fresh insights into the communist revolution and military tactics, the flaws in US strategy and the legacy of the war both for Vietnam and America. An important new study on a subject often masked by sentiment and myth.
"It should be read by all students studying the War"History Today "DeGroot has written an excellent general work on the American war in Vietnam" Journal of American history
Includes bibliographical references (p. 361-371) and index.
Table of Contents
List of Maps.
Introduction: Historians at War.
1. 'The White Man is Finished in Asia'.
2. 'Ask Not'.
3. The Vietnamese Ally.
4. The Vietnamese Enemy.
5. Limited War.
6. Turning Point? Tet and the 1968 election.
7. Rolling Thunder.
8. Peace with Honor?
9. The Fall of Saigon.
10. An American Defeat.
11. A Grunt's Life.
12. 'Muddled Actors in a Theater of the Absurd'.
13. 'A Country, Not a War'.
14. Remembering and Forgetting.