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Myth of Inevitable US Defeat in Vietnam

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ISBN-10: 0714681911

ISBN-13: 9780714681917

Edition: 2002

Authors: Dale Walton, W. W. Rostow

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This book offers an analysis of the Vietnam War that considers US strategic decisioning-making at a number of levels and shows how American errors created the military and political conditions that made North Vietnamese victory possible.
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Book details

List price: $62.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Series Editor's Preface
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: A Tangle of Myths
Strategic Analysis and History
A WEb of Delusions
The Temptation to Intervene: US Policymakers and Vietnam
The Perceived Need to Intervene
Containment in Context
Conclusion: The Clash of 'Inevitable' Outcomes
A People Bewildered: American Public Opinion and the Vietnam War
From Korea to Vietnam
The One-half War
A Skeptical Press and a Divided Congress
The Antiwar Movement and Congress
A War Not Declared
Conclusion: A Failure to Demonstrate Resolve
Mission Impossible? The Prosecution of the Ground War in Vietnam
Unstable Army: US Personnel Rotation in Vietnam
The Tension Between the Big War and the Small War
Flawed Command Structures
Conclusion: Misguided Priorities
A Theater Divided: Laos, Cambodia, and Victory in Indochina
The Quiet Loss of Laos
Control of Infiltration and the War for South Vietnam
An Effective War of Attrition
Conclusion: Negotiated Disadvantage
Enter the Dragon: China, the United States, and the Conflict in Vietnam
From the Yalu to the Mekong
A Tormented Giant
The Years of Greatest Danger
An Unready Foe
Conclusion: A Fatal Error
Fettered Eagles: The Use and Misuse of US Airpower in Indochina
The Flawed Concept of Graduated Pressure
Bombing Friends is Problematic
The Use and Misuse of US Airpower against North Vietnam
Linebacker and the Effective Use of Airpower
A Terrible Swift Sword: The Effective Use of Airpower in Indochina
Overachieving: The Excessive Use of Bombing
Conclusion: Misplaced Priorities and Unwelcome Outcomes
Endgame: Nixon's Peace and the Abandonment of South Vietnam
The Losing of the Peace
Nixon Takes the Helm
Nixon and Belated Declaration of War
Watergate and the Death of the RVN
Conclusion: A Very Close Issue
Conclusion: A Wealth of Failures
The Wages of Circumspection
Breaking Through the Myths of Vietnam
The Miasma of Error
The Superpower that Defeated Itself
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