Vietnam : Explaining America's Lost War
By: Hess, Gary R.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Contesting the Past: Publisher: New York : Wiley, 2015Edition: 2nd ed.Description: 1 online resource (215 p.).ISBN: 9781118949016.Subject(s): National security -- United States | United States -- Military policy | United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989 | Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Influence | Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Vietnam : Explaining America's Lost WarDDC classification: 959.704/3 LOC classification: DS558 .H47 2015Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- Preface -- Chapter 1 From the Streets to the Books: The Origins of an Enduring Debate -- Debating the War, 1965-1968: The Power-Morality Issue -- The Battle of the Books: Doves and Hawks -- Revisionism: The "Noble Cause" and "If-Only" History -- The Orthodox School: A "Mistaken Commitment" and an "Unwinnable War" -- Approaching the Problem: Seven Key Issues -- Summary -- Notes -- Chapter 2 A Necessary War or a Mistaken War? -- Origins of Commitment: Regional and Global Contexts -- The Revisionist Case for the "Necessary War"
The Orthodox Case for the "Mistaken War" -- Summary -- Notes -- Chapter 3 "Kennedy Exceptionalism," "Missed Opportunity for Peace," or "Lost Victory?": The Movement toward War, 1961-1965 -- The Orthodox Narrative -- The "Quagmire" Interpretation: Leaders Caught in Tragedy -- "Kennedy Exceptionalism": Disengagement as An Alternative to War? -- The Critique of "Kennedy Exceptionalism": JFK as the Cold Warrior -- Johnson and Negotiations: A Viable Alternative to War? -- Johnson as an Ineffective Leader -- The Revisionist Argument: The First "Lost Victory"
Assessments of Diem's Leadership and North Vietnam's Belligerency -- Summary -- Notes -- Chapter 4 The Revisionist Critique of the "Strategy for Defeat": The Clausewitzian Alternative -- Westmoreland: The "General Who Lost The War" or "Good General, Bad War?" -- The Ground War in South Vietnam: The Limits of Search-and-Destroy -- The Air War against North Vietnam: The Limits of Rolling Thunder -- The Revisionist Position: The Strategy for Victory -- The Response to Revisionism: Ill-Founded and Risky "If-Only" History -- Summary -- Notes
Chapter 5 The Revisionist Critique of the "Other War": The "Hearts-and-Minds" Prescription for Victory -- Wartime Proponents of the "Other War" -- The Arguments for the Hearts-and-Minds Strategy -- Critique of Hearts-and-Minds: The Limits of American Influence -- Summary -- Notes -- Chapter 6 The Media and the War: Irresponsible or Balanced Journalism? -- Wartime Leaders' Criticism of the Media -- The Revisionist Denunciation of Irresponsible Journalism -- The Response: Supportive and Balanced Reporting -- Summary -- Notes
Chapter 7 The Tet Offensive: Decisive American Victory or Devastating Loss? -- Revisionism: The Failure to Exploit a Military Advantage -- Orthodoxy: A Crippling Loss -- Summary -- Notes -- Chapter 8 Nixon-Kissinger and the Ending of the War: A "Lost Victory" or "Neither Peace nor Honor?" -- Nixon, Kissinger, and the Origins of Revisionism -- The Revisionist Case for the "Lost Victory" -- The Orthodox "Neither Peace nor Honor" Interpretation -- Summary -- Notes -- Chapter 9 Conclusion: The War's "Lessons" -- The Weinberger- Powell Doctrine -- Petraeus and Counter-Insurgency Doctrine
Historians and the War's Lessons
Now available in a completely revised and updated second edition, Vietnam: Explaining America's Lost War is an award-winning historiography of one of the 20th century's seminal conflicts. Looks at many facets of Vietnam War, examining central arguments of scholars, journalists, and participants and providing evidence on both sides of controversies around this event Addresses key debates about the Vietnam War, asking whether the war was necessary for US security; whether President Kennedy would have avoided the war had he lived beyond November 19
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