Return to home page
Searching: Otterbein library catalog
  Previous Record Previous Item Next Item Next Record
  Reviews, Summaries, etc...
Title The Columbia history of the Vietnam War / edited, with an introduction, by David L. Anderson.
Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, c2011.

Subject Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Influence.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Social aspects.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Political aspects -- United States.
Alt Name Anderson, David L., 1946-
Description xiv, 462 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: The Vietnam War and its enduring historical relevance / David L. Anderson -- pt. 1. Chronological perspectives -- Setting the stage : Vietnamese revolutionary nationalism and the first Vietnam War / Mark Philip Bradley -- "Dealing with a government of madmen" : Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Ngo Dinh Diem / Richard H. Immerman -- South Vietnam under siege, 1961-1965 : Kennedy, Johnson, and the question of escalation or disengagement / Gary R. Hess -- Lyndon Johnson and the bombing of Vietnam : politics and military choices / Lloyd C. Gardner -- Turning point : the Vietnam War's pivotal year, November 1967-November 1968 / Robert J. McMahon -- Richard M. Nixon and the Vietnam War : the paradox of disengagement with escalation / Jeffrey P. Kimball -- pt. 2. Topical perspectives -- American strategy in the Vietnam War / John Prados -- The village war in Vietnam, 1965-1973 / Eric Bergerud -- Fighting for family : Vietnamese women and the American war / Helen E. Anderson -- Vietnamese society at war / Robert K. Brigham -- "Hey, hey, LBJ!" : American domestic politics and the Vietnam War / Melvin Small -- Cambodia and Laos in the Vietnam War / Kenton Clymer -- pt. 3. Postwar perspectives -- The legacy of the Vietnam War / Robert D. Schulzinger -- The Vietnam syndrome / George C. Herring.
Summary Laying the chronological and critical foundations for the volume, David L. Anderson opens with an essay on the Vietnam War's major moments and enduring relevance. Mark Philip Bradely follows with a reexamination of Vietnamese revolutionary nationalism and the Vietnam-led war against French colonialism. Richard H. Immerman revisits Eisenhower's and Kennedy's efforts at nation building in South Vietnam, and Gary R. Hess reviews America's military commitment under Kennedy and Johnson. Lloyd C. Gardner investigates the motivations behind Johnson's escalation of force, and Robert J. McMahon focuses on the pivotal period before and after the Tet Offensive. Jeffrey P. Kimball then makes sense of Nixon's paradoxical decision to end U.S. intervention while pursuing a destructive air war.
John Prados and Eric Bergerud devote essays to America's military strategy, while Helen E. Anderson and Robert K. Brigham explore the war's impact on Vietnamese women and urban culture. Melvin Small recounts the domestic tensions created by America's involvement in Vietnam, and Kenton Clymer traces the spread of the war to Laos and Cambodia. Concluding essays by Robert D. Schulzinger and George C. Herring account for the legacy of the war within Vietnamese and American contexts and diagnose the symptoms of the "Vietnam syndrome" evident in later debates about U.S. foreign policy. America's experience in Vietnam continues to figure prominently in discussions about strategy and defense, not to mention within the discourse on the identity of the United States a nation. Anderson's expert collection is therefore essential to understanding America's entanglement in the Vietnam War and the conflict's influence on the nation's interests abroad.
David L. Anderson is professor of history at California State University, Monterey Bay, and past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. --Book Jacket.
ISBN 9780231134804 (cloth : alk. paper)
OCLC # 612962918
Table of Contents
 Introduction: The Vietnam War and Its Enduring Historical Relevance1
 Part I. Chronological Perspectives / David L. Anderson 
1Setting the Stage: Vietnamese Revolutionary Nationalism and the First Vietnam War / David L. Anderson93
2"Dealing with a Government of Madmen": Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Ngo Dinh Diem / Mark Philip Bradley120
3South Vietnam Under Siege, 1961-1965: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Question of Escalation or Disengagement / Richard H. Immerman143
4Lyndon Johnson and the Bombing of Vietnam: Politics and Military Choices / Gary R. Hess168
5Turning Point: The Vietnam War's Pivotal Year, November 1967 November 1968 / Lloyd C. Gardner191
6Richard M. Nixon and the Vietnam War: The Paradox of Disengagement with Escalation / Robert J. McMahon217
 Part II. Topical Perspectives / Jeffrey P. Kimball 
7American Strategy in the Vietnam War / Jeffrey P. Kimball247
8The Village War in Vietnam, 1965-1973 / John Prados262
9Fighting for Family: Vietnamese Women and the American War / Eric Bergerud297
10Vietnamese Society at War / Helen E. Anderson317
11"Hey, Hey, LBP": American Domestic Politics and the Vietnam War / Robert K. Brigham333
12Cambodia and Laos in the Vietnam War / Melvin Small357
 Part III. Postwar Perspectives / Kenton Clymer 
13The Legacy of the Vietnam War / Kenton Clymer385
14The Vietnam Syndrome / Robert D. Schulzinger409
 Contributors / George C. Herring431
 Index / George C. Herring437