Where the Domino FellAmerica and Vietnam 1945 - 1995
Where the Domino Fell recounts the history of American involvement in Vietnam from the end of World War II, clarifying the political aims, military strategy, and social and economic factors that contributed to the participants' actions. Provides an accessible, concise narrative history of the Vietnam conflict A new final chapter examines Vietnam through the lens of Oliver Stone’s films and opens up a discussion of the War in popular culture A chronology, a glossary, and a bibliography all serve as helpful reference points for students
Preface. Prologue: LBJ and Vietnam. 1. Eternal War: The Vietnamese Heritage. 2. The First Indochina War, 1945-1954. 3. The Making of a Quagmire, 1954-1960. 4. The New Frontier in Vietnam, 1961-1963. 5. Planning a Tragedy, 1963-1965. 6. Into the Abyss, 1965-1966. 7. The Mirage of Progress, 1966-1967. 8. Tet and the Year of the Monkey, 1968. 9. The Beginning of the End, 1969-1970. 10. The Fall of South Vietnam, 1970-1975. 11. Distorted Images, Missed Opportunities, 1975-1995. 12. Oliver Stone’s Vietnam. Bibliography. A Vietnam War Chronology. Glossary and Guide to Acronyms. Index. Maps. Map 1: Indochina, 1995. Map 2: Vietnam, 1945 to 1975. Map 3: Major battles of the Tet offensive, January 1968.
"Where the Domino Fell is a very well informed and well documented critique of U. S. policy in Vietnam. From the opening years of U.S. involvement in Indochina during the Truman administration, down to the final withdrawal in the mid-1970s, the authors have provided an in-depth and topically balanced analysis of how and why the United States became involved in Vietnam and of the strategy debates that occurred over how to win the war…. An impressive achievement." –William J. Duiker, Ho Chi Minh (2000) Sacred War: Nationalism, and Intervention, and the Lessons of Vietnam (1995)
James S. Olson is Distinguished Professor of History at Sam Houston State University. He is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of more than thirty books, including Bathsheba’s Breast: Women, Cancer, and History (2002) which was nominated by The Johns Hopkins University Press for the Pulitzer Prize in History, won the History of Science Category Award from the Association of American Publishers, and was recognized by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best non-fiction books in America for 2002. Randy W. Roberts is Professor of History at Purdue University and specializes in recent U.S. history, U.S. sports history, and the history of popular culture. He is the author of Charles A. Lindbergh: The Power and Peril of Celebrity 1927-1941 (with David Welky, Blackwell, 2003), Hollywood’s America: United States History Through Its Films, Third Edition (with Steven Mintz, Blackwell, 2001), A Line in the Sand: The Alamo in Blood and Memory (with James S. Olson, 2001), My Lai: A Brief History with Documents (with James S. Olson, 1998), and John Wayne American (with James S. Olson, 1996).
Where the Domino Fell recounts the history of American involvement in Vietnam from the end of World War II, clarifying the political aims, military strategy, and social and economic factors that contributed to the participants' actions. Narrated in an accessible style by two distinguished historians, this revised edition includes a final chapter examining Vietnam through the films of Oliver Stone. Compact yet substantial, and containing a bibliography, chronology, and glossary to further help students, Where the Domino Fell is an important contribution not only to the study of the Vietnam War but to an understanding of the larger workings of American foreign policy.
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