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Backfire : a history of how American culture led us into Vietnam and made us fight the way we did / Loren Baritz.

By: Baritz, Loren, 1928-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : W. Morrow, c1985Edition: 1st ed.Description: 393 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 068804185X; 9780688041854.Subject(s): Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- United States | United States -- Civilization -- 1945-Additional physical formats: Online version:: Backfire.DDC classification: 959.704/33/73 LOC classification: DS558 | .B37 1985
Contents:
Tinder: the myths we take to war : God's country and American know-how -- Fire: decisions that made the war : The chain to vietnam -- The invention of South Vietnam -- War by the numbers -- The politics of ego -- Backfire: bureaucracy at war : Enabling ingnorance -- The warriors -- The American lullaby.
Summary: Discusses what led us into Vietnam, how it has changed our culture today and how it may change our culture in the future.Summary: This is the only book to examine the myths of the American culture that led us into the Vietnam quagmire in the first place. It exposes our national myths: the conviction of our moral supremacy, our assumptions that Americans are more idealistic than other people, and our faith in a technology that supposedly makes us invincible. It also discusses how Vietnam has changed American culture today, and in the future. -- Publisher description
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DS558 .B37 1985 (Browse shelf) Available 0000100045087
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Pt. I, Tinder: the myths we take to war : 1. God's country and American know-how -- Pt. II, Fire: decisions that made the war : 2. The chain to vietnam -- 3. The invention of South Vietnam -- 4. War by the numbers -- 5. The politics of ego -- Pt. III, Backfire: bureaucracy at war : 6. Enabling ingnorance -- 7. The warriors -- 8. The American lullaby.

Discusses what led us into Vietnam, how it has changed our culture today and how it may change our culture in the future.

This is the only book to examine the myths of the American culture that led us into the Vietnam quagmire in the first place. It exposes our national myths: the conviction of our moral supremacy, our assumptions that Americans are more idealistic than other people, and our faith in a technology that supposedly makes us invincible. It also discusses how Vietnam has changed American culture today, and in the future. -- Publisher description

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