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Ending the Vietnam War : A History of America's Involvement in and Extrication from the Vietnam War - Henry Kissinger

Ending the Vietnam War

A History of America's Involvement in and Extrication from the Vietnam War

Paperback Published: 1st February 2003
ISBN: 9780743215329
Number Of Pages: 640

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The Definitive Account

Many other authors have written about what they thought happened -- or thought should have happened -- in Vietnam, but it was Henry Kissinger who was there at the epicenter, involved in every decision from the long, frustrating negotiations with the North Vietnamese delegation to America's eventual extrication from the war. Now, for the first time, Kissinger gives us in a single volume an in-depth, inside view of the Vietnam War, personally collected, annotated, revised, and updated from his bestselling memoirs and his book "Diplomacy."

Here, Kissinger writes with firm, precise knowledge, supported by meticulous documentation that includes his own memoranda to and replies from President Nixon. He tells about the tragedy of Cambodia, the collateral negotiations with the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China, the disagreements within the Nixon and Ford administrations, the details of all negotiations in which he was involved, the domestic unrest and protest in the States, and the day-to-day military to diplomatic realities of the war as it reached the White House. As compelling and exciting as Barbara Tuchman's "The Guns of August, Ending the Vietnam War" also reveals insights about the bigger-than-life personalities -- Johnson, Nixon, de Gaulle, Ho Chi Minh, Brezhnev -- who were caught up in a war that forever changed international relations. This is history on a grand scale, and a book of overwhelming importance to the public record.

Forewordp. 7
America's Entry into the Morass (1950-1969)p. 13
Evolution of a Strategyp. 49
What the Nixon Administration Found
Groping for a Strategy: The North Vietnamese Offensive and the Bombing of Cambodia
Attempts at a Diplomatic Outcome
Peace Initiatives
The Beginning of Troop Withdrawals
A Secret Meeting
Another Reassessment
The Unpacifiable Doves
A Strategy Emerges
Secret Negotiations and a Widening Warp. 108
The Secret Negotiations
Special Advisor Le Duc Tho and the First Round of Talks
Laos Interlude
The Overthrow of Sihanouk
Another Major Troop Withdrawal
The Attack on North Vietnamese Sanctuaries
The Cambodian Incursion
The Domestic Travail
The Balance Sheet
Diplomacy and Strategy: From a Cease-fire Proposal to the Interdiction of the Ho Chi Minh Trailp. 174
Madame Binh's Eight Points
The Setting of a Strategy
The Laos Operation
Lam Son 719: The Military Operation
Braving Domestic Opposition
The Negotiations Are Resumed
The South Vietnamese Presidential Election
Revealing the Secret Talks
Hanoi Throws the Dice: The Vietnam Spring Offensivep. 233
Diplomatic Maneuvers
What Strategy?
The Showdownp. 256
The May 2 Secret Meeting
The Mining and Bombing of North Vietnam
The Summit in the Balance
From Stalemate to Breakthroughp. 289
Testing the Stalemate
A Visit to Saigon
Interlude: Meetings of September 15 and 27
The Breakthrough: The October 8 Meeting
The Troubled Road to Peacep. 340
Interlude in Paris
Consultation with Thieu
Showdown with Thieu
The Journey Home
"Peace Is at Hand"p. 372
Election Interlude
Haig Visits Saigon Again
The Meetings with Le Duc Tho Resume
The Breakdown of the Negotiations
The Christmas Bombing
Negotiations Resume
The January Round of Negotiations
Thieu Relents
Peace at Last
A Visit to Hanoip. 433
Enforcement and Aidp. 453
The Thieu Visit
Watergate and Enforcement
The Search for Peace in Cambodia
The Aborted Chinese Mediation
The Negotiations Unravel
Ford and Vietnamp. 493
The Strangulation of South Vietnam
Hanoi Resumes the Offensive
The End of the Road
The Collapse of Cambodiap. 514
The Myth of the Failure to Negotiate on Cambodia
The Final Collapse
Final Note
The End of Vietnamp. 532
The Debate over Evacuation
The Search for a Political Solution
The Evacuation
The Last Day
Epiloguep. 556
Acknowledgmentsp. 565
Appendixp. 567
Notesp. 583
Indexp. 613
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ISBN: 9780743215329
ISBN-10: 074321532X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: 1st February 2003
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 4.1
Weight (kg): 0.91
Edition Number: 1