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The Resource A time for war : the United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975, Robert D. Schulzinger

A time for war : the United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975, Robert D. Schulzinger

Label
A time for war : the United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975
Title
A time for war
Title remainder
the United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975
Statement of responsibility
Robert D. Schulzinger
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In A Time for War, Schulzinger paints a vast yet intricate canvas of more than three decades of conflict in Vietnam, from the first rumblings of rebellion against the French colonialists to the American intervention and eventual withdrawal. His comprehensive narrative incorporates every aspect of the warfrom the military (as seen in his brisk account of the French failure at Dienbienphu) to the economic (such as the wage increase sparked by the draft in the United States) to the political. Drawing on massive research, he offers a vivid and insightful portrait of the changes in Vietnamese politics and society, from the rise of Ho Chi Minh, to the division of the country, to the struggles between South Vietnamese president Diem and heavily armed religious sects, to the infighting and corruption that plagued Saigon. Schulzinger reveals precisely how outside powers - first the French, then the Americans - committed themselves to war in Indochina, even against their own better judgment. Roosevelt, for example, derided the French efforts to reassert their colonial control after World War II, yet Truman, Eisenhower, and their advisers gradually came to believe that Vietnam was central to American interests. The author's account of Johnson is particularly telling and tragic, describing how the president would voice clear-headed, even prescient warnings about the dangers of intervention - then change his mind, committing America's prestige and military might to supporting a corrupt, unpopular regime. Schlzinger offers sharp criticism of the American military effort, and provides a fascinating look inside the Nixon White House, showing how the Republican president dragged out the war long past the point when he realized that the United States could not win. Finally, Schulzinger paints a brilliant political and social portrait of the times, illuminating the impact of the war on the lives of ordinary Americans and Vietnamese. Schulzinger shows what the war was like for a common soldier, an American nurse, a navy flyer, a conscript in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, a Vietcong fighter, or an antiwar protester
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
327.730597
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E183.8.V5
LC item number
S37 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
A time for war : the United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975, Robert D. Schulzinger
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 371-381) and index
Control code
177010
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 397 p.
Isbn
9780195071894
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
96024690
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm34875711
  • (OCoLC)34875711
Label
A time for war : the United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975, Robert D. Schulzinger
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 371-381) and index
Control code
177010
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 397 p.
Isbn
9780195071894
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
96024690
Other physical details
ill., map
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm34875711
  • (OCoLC)34875711

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