By Robert D. Schulzinger
Even after 20 years, the reminiscence of the Vietnam warfare turns out to hang-out our tradition. From Forrest Gump to Miss Saigon, from Tim O'Brien's Pulitzer Prize-winning Going After Cacciato to Robert McNamara's debatable memoir In Retrospect, americans are drawn repeatedly to reflect on our lengthy, tragic involvement in Southeast Asia. Now eminent historian Robert D. Schulzinger has combed the newly to be had documentary proof, either in private and non-private information, to supply an formidable, masterful account of 3 a long time of battle in Vietnam--the first significant full-length heritage of the clash to be in response to basic sources.
In A Time for War, Schulzinger paints an enormous but elaborate canvas of greater than 3 a long time of clash in Vietnam, from the 1st rumblings of uprising opposed to the French colonialists to the yank intervention and eventual withdrawal. His complete narrative comprises each point of the war--from the army (as noticeable in his brisk account of the French failure at Dienbienphu) to the commercial (such because the salary bring up sparked by means of the draft within the usa) to the political. Drawing on huge examine, he deals a brilliant and insightful portrait of the adjustments in Vietnamese politics and society, from the increase of Ho Chi Minh, to the department of the rustic, to the struggles among South Vietnamese president Diem and seriously armed spiritual sects, to the infighting and corruption that plagued Saigon. Schulzinger finds accurately how open air powers--first the French, then the Americans--committed themselves to struggle in Indochina, even opposed to their very own higher judgment. Roosevelt, for instance, derided the French efforts to reassert their colonial keep watch over after global warfare II, but Truman, Eisenhower, and their advisers steadily got here to think that Vietnam was once crucial to American pursuits. The author's account of Johnson is especially telling and tragic, describing how president could voice transparent headed, even prescient warnings concerning the risks of intervention--then swap his brain, committing America's status and army could to aiding a corrupt, unpopular regime. Schulzinger deals sharp feedback of the yank army attempt, and gives a desirable glance contained in the Nixon White condo, displaying how the Republican president dragged out the conflict gone the purpose whilst he learned that the USA couldn't win. ultimately, Schulzinger paints a super political and social portrait of the days, illuminating the effect of the struggle at the lives of standard americans and Vietnamese. Schulzinger exhibits what it used to be wish to perform the war--as a standard soldier, an American nurse, a military flyer, a conscript within the military of the Republic of Vietnam, a Vietcong fighter, or an antiwar protester.
In a box crowded with fiction, memoirs, and well known tracts, A Time for War will stand because the landmark heritage of America's longest struggle. in accordance with vast archival examine, will probably be the 1st position readers will flip which will comprehend this tragic, divisive clash.
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Title. 730597—dc20 96–24690 10 9 8 7 6 Printed in the United States of America on acid-free paper For my daughter, Elizabeth Anne, with love Contents Preface 1 Long Time Passing: The Vietnamese, the French, and the Americans to 1946 2 The Vietminh, the French, and the Americans: 1946–1950 3 “The Fatal Weakness”: May 1950–April 1954 4 “Good Intentions, a Clear Conscience, and to Hell with Everybody”: May 1954–December 1960 5 From Support to Intervention: 1961–1963 6 To the Brink—And Beyond: 1963–1964 7 Days of Reckoning: August 1964–July 1965 8 Fighting the War: 1965–1967 9 Bringing the War Home: 1964–1967 10 Crack-up: 1967–1968 11 Richard Nixon’s War: 1969–1973 12 The Bitter End: 1973–1975 Conclusion: The United States and Vietnam at War Notes Select Bibliography Index MAPS French Indochina Vietnam During the War, 1960–1975 Preface The war in Vietnam is always with us.
My family is my strength. My wife Marie understands the joy I derive from research and writing. My seven-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, is a source of pleasure in her own right. This is the first book I have completed while she has been old enough to express her thoughts regarding what I do. ” R. D. S. Boulder, Colorado May 1996 A Time for War Chapter 1 Long Time Passing: The Vietnamese, the French, and the Americans to 1946 WHAT CONSTITUTES a long time? That is a central question of the Vietnam War.
Involvement in Vietnam have on the development of the Cold War? Did it prolong it, hasten its end, make little difference? Inside the United States the war changed many people’s ideas about the worth and the duration of the Cold War, which, like the Vietnam conflict, seemed to most people to have lasted too long. Just as the war in Vietnam emerged out of containment and the Cold War, so it hastened their end. Time is a major theme of this book. How decision makers and ordinary people measured time, how patient or impatient they were to see the results of their efforts, helped determine the way in which Americans and Vietnamese conducted themselves during the war.
A Time for War: The United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975 by Robert D. Schulzinger