Shadow on the White House Presidents and the Vietnam War, 1945-1975

ISBN-10: 0700605835

ISBN-13: 9780700605835

Edition: 1993

Authors: David L. Anderson

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Harry Truman's administration began searching for an American response to the clash in Indochina between Frech colonialism and Vietminh communism in 1945. Thirty years and five administrations later, Gerald Ford and his aides tried unsuccessfully to solicit additional aid for South Vietnam from a reluctant Congress. For Truman, Ford, and every American leader in between, the dilemma in Vietnam hung ominously over the presidency. In Shadow on the White House, seven prominent historians examine how the leadership of six presidents and an issue that grew into a difficult and often unpopular war shaped each other. Focusing on the personalities, politics, priorities, and actions of the presidents as they confronted Vietnam, the authors consider the expansion of presidential power in foreign-policy formulation since World War II. In ther analyses, they chronicle the history of executive leadership as it related to Vietnam, assess presidential prerogatives and motives on war and peace issues, and clarify the interconnection between the modern presidency and tha nation's frustrating, tragic, and humiliating failure in Southeast Asia. Although other histories have been written about the Vietnam experience, this book is the first systematic and comparative survey on presidential leadership as it relates to the war issue. It is organized by presidential administrations, giving a detailed examination of each president's decisions and policies. Based on the most recently opened archival sources, the essays provide a framework on which to hang the kaleidoscopic events of the war. "I recommend this book to all students and scholars of the Vietnam War. The essays combine originality and analytic cogency in chronicling the expansion of presidential power and the war in Vietnam."-Larry Berman, author of Lyndon Johnson's War: The Road to Stalemate in Vietnam.
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
Publication date: 5/24/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Presidential Leadership and U.S. Intervention in Southeast Asia: The Buck Stops - and Starts - Here
Harry S. Truman and the Roots of U.S. Involvement in Indochina, 1945-1953
Dwight D. Eisenhower and Wholehearted Support of Ngo Dinh Diem
Commitment in the Age of Counterinsurgency: Kennedy's Vietnam Options and Decisions, 1961-1963
The Reluctant Warrior: Lyndon Johnson as Commander in Chief
Lyndon Johnson and the Vietnamese
Containing Domestic Enemies: Richard M. Nixon and the War at Home
"Peace with Honor": Richard Nixon and the Diplomacy of Threat and Symbolism
Gerald R. Ford and the Presidents' War in Vietnam
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