Masters of War: Military Dissent and Politics in the Vietnam Era

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April 2005



This volume convincingly disproves the 'fighting with one hand tied behind our backs' explanation of America's defeat in Vietnam.


1. Introduction; 2. Prologue to tragedy: US military opposition to intervention in Vietnam, 1950-1954; 3. Preparing for and avoiding war: military affairs and politics in Vietnam and the United States, 1955-1960; 4. Pinning down the president: JFK, the military, and political manoeuvering over Vietnam, January-October 1961; 5. The best and worst of times: the US war against Vietnam, October 1961-November 1963; 6. 'Seeing things through Vietnam': LBJ, the military, and the growing U.S. commitment to Vietnam, November 1963-December 1964; 7. Hope for the best, expect the worst: US ground troops enter the war in Vietnam, January-July 1965; 8. War on three fronts: US forces vs. the VC, Westmoreland vs. the marine, and the military leaders vs. the White House, July 1965-December 1966; 9. 'The platform of false prophets is crowded': public hope and private despair in Vietnam, 1967; 10. The myth of the Tet: military failure and the politics of war; 11. Conclusion: bringing it all back home; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography.


'... his book has merit, not only as a polemic but as a well-argued case study on how a war should not be conducted. The book has sheer readability.' Defense Analysis
EAN: 9780521480468
ISBN: 0521480469
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2005
Seitenanzahl: 404 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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