Embers of War The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam
List price: $40.00
Buy it from $17.86
30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee
If an item you ordered from TextbookRush does not meet your expectations due to an error on our part, simply fill out a return request and then return it by mail within 30 days of ordering it for a full refund of item cost.
Learn more about our returns policy
Description: The struggle for Vietnam occupies a central place in the history of the twentieth century. Fought over a period of three decades, the conflict drew in all the world’s powers and saw two of them—first France, then the United States—attempt to subdue the revolutionary Vietnamese forces. For France, the defeat marked the effective end of her colonial empire, while for America the war left a gaping wound in the body politic that remains open to this day. How did it happen? Tapping into newly accessible diplomatic archives in several nations and making full use of the published literature, distinguished scholar Fredrik Logevall traces the path that led two Western nations to lose their way in Vietnam.Twilight Waropens in 1919 at the Versailles Peace Conference, where a young Ho Chi Minh delivers a petition for Vietnamese independence to President Woodrow Wilson. It concludes in 1959, with a Viet Cong ambush on a U.S. outpost outside Saigon and the deaths of two American officers whose names would be the first to be carved into the black granite of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In between come years of political, military, and diplomatic maneuvering and miscalculation, as leaders on all sides embark on a series of stumbles that makes an eminently avoidable struggle a bloody and interminable reality. Logevall takes us inside the councils of war—and gives us a seat at the conference tables where peace talks founder. He brings to life the bloodiest battles of France’s final years in Indochina—and shows how from an early point, a succession of American leaders made disastrous policy choices that put America on its own collision course with history: Harry Truman’s fateful decision to reverse Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s policy and acknowledge France’s right to return to Indochina after World War II; Dwight Eisenhower’s strenuous efforts to keep Paris in the fight and his escalation of U.S. involvement in the aftermath of the humiliating French defeat at Dien Bien Phu; and the curious turnaround in Senator John F. Kennedy’s thinking that would lead him as president to expand that commitment, despite his publicly stated misgivings about Western intervention in Southeast Asia. An epic story of wasted opportunities and tragic miscalculations, featuring an extraordinary cast of larger-than-life characters,Twilight Wardelves deep into the historical record to provide hard answers to the unanswered questions surrounding the demise of one Western power in Vietnam and the arrival of another. This book will become the definitive chronicle of the struggle’s origins for years to come.
Rush Rewards U
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!
Limited time offer:
Get the first one free!
All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/21/2012
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.25" long x 2.00" tall
Fredrik Logevall is Professor of History at Cornell University.
|Prologue: A Vietnamese in Paris|
|"The Empire Is with Us!"|
|"All Men Are Created Equal"|
|Colonial Struggle, 1946-1949|
|The Warrior Monk|
|War Without Fronts|
|"If I Accepted These Terms I'd Be a Coward"|
|East Meets West, 1949-1953|
|"The Center of the Cold War"|
|Attack on the RC4|
|The Quiet Englishman|
|The Turning Point That Didn't Turn|
|Eisenhower in Charge|
|Navarre's American Plan|
|The Cauldron, 1953-1954|
|Arena of the Gods|
|"We Have the Impression They Are Going to Attack Tonight"|
|"Vietnam Is a Part of the World"|
|America Wants In|
|Dulles Versus Eden|
|Valley of Tears|
|Peace of a Kind, 1954|
|With Friends Like These|
|"We Must Go Fast"|
|"I Have Seen Destiny Bend to That Will"|
|Seizing the Torch, 1954-1959|
|"We Have No Other Choice but to Win Here"|
|Things Fall Apart|
|Epilogue: Different Dreams, Same Footsteps|