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Intervention : how America became involved in Vietnam / by George McT. Kahin.

By: Kahin, George McTurnan.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Knopf, c1986Edition: 1st ed.Description: xii, 550 p. : maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 039454367X :; 9780394543673; 0385240996; 9780385240994.Subject(s): Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- United States | Vietnam -- Politics and government -- 1945-1975 | United States -- Foreign relations -- Vietnam | Vietnam -- Foreign relations -- United States | Vietnam -- Política y gobierno -- 1945 1975 | EE. UU. -- Relaciones exteriores -- Vietnam | Vietnam -- Relaciones exteriores -- EE. UU | Guerre du Viêt-nam, 1961-1975 -- États-Unis | États-Unis -- Relations extérieures -- Viêt-nam | Viêt-nam -- Politique et gouvernement -- 1945-1975 | Viêt-nam -- Relations extérieures -- États-Unis | Vietnamkrieg | Kriegseintritt | USAAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Intervention.; Online version:: Intervention.DDC classification: 959.704/33/73 LOC classification: DS558 | .K34 1986Other classification: ML 6300 | ML 9226 | RR 55983 Online resources: ACLS Humanities E-Book
Contents:
The beginnings of American intervention -- To the brink of war in support of France -- The establishment of a separate southern state -- Diem and the rise of the NLF -- The decline of Diem's regime -- The overthrow of Diem -- "The Pentagon's coup" -- The rise and decline of General Khanh -- Escalation and political viability -- Bombing the North will save the South -- The decision for sustained bombing -- The call for U.S. ground forces -- Constraints on U.S. policy -- The decision on major U.S. ground forces: phase I -- The decision on major U.S. ground forces: phase II -- The final polarization.
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"A portion of this work was originally published in Pacific affairs, winter 1979-1980"--T.p. verso.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [433]-538) and index.

The beginnings of American intervention -- To the brink of war in support of France -- The establishment of a separate southern state -- Diem and the rise of the NLF -- The decline of Diem's regime -- The overthrow of Diem -- "The Pentagon's coup" -- The rise and decline of General Khanh -- Escalation and political viability -- Bombing the North will save the South -- The decision for sustained bombing -- The call for U.S. ground forces -- Constraints on U.S. policy -- The decision on major U.S. ground forces: phase I -- The decision on major U.S. ground forces: phase II -- The final polarization.

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Library Journal Review

Kahin chronicles the development of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, 1945-66, indicating the opportunities the United States had to cut losses and leave. He begins with American support of France because of European concerns; then treats the influence of the Cold War; and climaxes with Lyndon Johnson's unsuccessful resistance to advice that the U.S. bomb the North and commit ground troops in the South. Kahin makes skillful use of primary and secondary sources, particularly of declassified materials. The author's analysis of the National Liberation Front and the North Vietnamese is not as critical as that of the United States and South Vietnamese, but this is still an important addition to the literature of the Vietnam War. Highly recommended for general readers as well as scholars and specialists. Kenneth W. Berger, Duke Univ. Lib., Durham, N.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Kahin presents a solid, well-researched account of US involvement in Vietnam from 1946 through the decisive escalations of 1965 and 1966. He provides a needed treatment of the political divisions within South Vietnam, focusing on the roles played by the Buddhists and the National Liberation Front, and does so without the polemics that mar Gabriel Kolko's disappointing Anatomy of a War (CH, May '86). Kahin's portrait of a reluctant LBJ eventually escalating American involvement because of ``expert military advice'' builds on earlier works but is more richly documented by the author's use of recently declassified material. This synthesis of old and new source material is the book's greatest strength. Footnotes are extensive, but the lack of a bibliography is an annoying ommission. A second volume carrying the story through the 1970s would be welcomed. Recommended for all college, university, and public libraries.-L.M. Lees, Old Dominion University

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