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Columbia Guide to the Vietnam War.

By: Anderson, David L.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Columbia Guides to American History and Cultures: Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2004Description: 1 online resource (643 p.).ISBN: 9780231507387.Subject(s): Vietnam War, 1961-1975Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Columbia Guide to the Vietnam WarDDC classification: 959.704/3 LOC classification: DS557.5 -- .A54 2002Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Table of Contents ; Introduction; List of Abbreviations; Part I: Historical Narrative ; 1. Studying the Vietnam War; 2. Vietnam: Historical Background; 3. United States: Historical Background; 4. The French War in Vietnam; 5. The Diem Years: Eisenhower; 6. The Diem Years: Kennedy ; 7. The American War in Vietnam: Escalation; 8. The American War in Vietnam: Strategy; 9. The American War in Vietnam: The Limits of Power; 10. The American War in Vietnam: De-escalation; 11. The War What Will Not Go Away; Part II: The Vietnam War from A to Z ; Part III: Chronology ; Part IV: Resource Guide
1. General Works2. History of Southeast Asia and U.S. Foreign Relations; 3. The Diem Years; 4. North Vietnam and the Vietcong; 5. Escalation of the American War; 6. The American Way of War; 7. The Limits of American Power; 8. The End of the American War; 9. The Legacy of the Vietnam War; 10. Films and Documentaries; 11. Electronic Resources; Part V: Appendices; Appendix 1. Documents; Appendix 2. Statistics ; Index
Summary: More than a quarter of a century after the last Marine Corps Huey left the American embassy in Saigon, the lessons and legacies of the most divisive war in twentieth-century American history are as hotly debated as ever. Why did successive administrations choose little-known Vietnam as the "test case" of American commitment in the fight against communism? Why were the "best and brightest" apparently blind to the illegitimacy of the state of South Vietnam? Would Kennedy have pulled out had he lived? And what lessons regarding American foreign policy emerged from the war? The Columbia Guide to the Vietnam War helps readers understand this tragic and complex conflict. The book contains both interpretive information and a wealth of facts in easy-to-find form. Part I provides a lucid narrative overview of contested issues and interpretations in Vietnam scholarship. Part II is a mini-encyclopedia with descriptions and analysis of individuals, events, groups, and military operations. Arranged alphabetically, this section enables readers to look up isolated facts and specialized terms. Part III is a chronology of key events. Part IV is an annotated guide to resources, including films, documentaries, CD-ROMs, and reliable Web sites. Part V contains excerpts from historical documents and statistical data.
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Table of Contents ; Introduction; List of Abbreviations; Part I: Historical Narrative ; 1. Studying the Vietnam War; 2. Vietnam: Historical Background; 3. United States: Historical Background; 4. The French War in Vietnam; 5. The Diem Years: Eisenhower; 6. The Diem Years: Kennedy ; 7. The American War in Vietnam: Escalation; 8. The American War in Vietnam: Strategy; 9. The American War in Vietnam: The Limits of Power; 10. The American War in Vietnam: De-escalation; 11. The War What Will Not Go Away; Part II: The Vietnam War from A to Z ; Part III: Chronology ; Part IV: Resource Guide

1. General Works2. History of Southeast Asia and U.S. Foreign Relations; 3. The Diem Years; 4. North Vietnam and the Vietcong; 5. Escalation of the American War; 6. The American Way of War; 7. The Limits of American Power; 8. The End of the American War; 9. The Legacy of the Vietnam War; 10. Films and Documentaries; 11. Electronic Resources; Part V: Appendices; Appendix 1. Documents; Appendix 2. Statistics ; Index

More than a quarter of a century after the last Marine Corps Huey left the American embassy in Saigon, the lessons and legacies of the most divisive war in twentieth-century American history are as hotly debated as ever. Why did successive administrations choose little-known Vietnam as the "test case" of American commitment in the fight against communism? Why were the "best and brightest" apparently blind to the illegitimacy of the state of South Vietnam? Would Kennedy have pulled out had he lived? And what lessons regarding American foreign policy emerged from the war? The Columbia Guide to the Vietnam War helps readers understand this tragic and complex conflict. The book contains both interpretive information and a wealth of facts in easy-to-find form. Part I provides a lucid narrative overview of contested issues and interpretations in Vietnam scholarship. Part II is a mini-encyclopedia with descriptions and analysis of individuals, events, groups, and military operations. Arranged alphabetically, this section enables readers to look up isolated facts and specialized terms. Part III is a chronology of key events. Part IV is an annotated guide to resources, including films, documentaries, CD-ROMs, and reliable Web sites. Part V contains excerpts from historical documents and statistical data.

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Library Journal Review

A highly regarded Vietnam War scholar, Anderson (Facing My Lai; Trapped by Success: The Eisenhower Administration and Vietnam, 1953-1961) offers a thorough overview that will benefit students and scholars seeking resources about all aspects of the war and Vietnamese history. The guide consists of five parts, most notably Anderson's summary of the war, in which he posits many questions but, to his credit, does not present his conclusions as definitive answers. He concludes that the war resulted from a misapplication of American containment policies, but he cautions the researcher to investigate all conservative, liberal, and revisionist interpretations of the war's origin and ending. The overview is followed by a detailed glossary. The final three sections are a chronology; an extensive, briefly annotated bibliography, which includes print and electronic resources; and a selection of primary documents that includes decrees from Vietnamese and American officials, concluding with President Clinton's 1995 speech that declared normalized relations with Vietnam. This guide is not as strong as its companion, The Columbia Guide to America in the 1960s, because it lacks a section of shorter essays by noted contributors. But it is a fine resource for understanding the war and all its complexities. Recommended for academic and most public libraries. Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Anderson's guide successfully compresses the copiously documented, labyrinthine history of the Vietnamese conflict into a single economical volume. In five parts, the guide's narrative and encyclopedia sections provide a fascinating survey of the war, while the remaining elements of the work link modern researchers to a host of richly documented resources. Appendixes contain statistical data and the texts of carefully selected and excerpted source documents. The "Resource Guide" section's expertly crafted and well-classified annotated references cite essential historical and cultural references in film, poetry, and prose. A skeletal chronology offers sobering perspective on the US's involvement in this ancient civilization beginning with the founding of the kingdom of Nam Viet, 207 BCE. "The Vietnam War from A-Z" is a brief encyclopedia, offering excellent short biographies and topical analyses. "Historical Narrative" is superb, providing brief essays and biographies about important issues, events, perspectives, and personages, linking them to the encyclopedic entries. The guide will become an important resource for those seeking a historical overview as well as direction for further research. Strongly recommended for all public and academic collections. B. Williams St. Thomas University

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David L. Anderson is professor of history and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Indianapolis

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