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Light at the End of the Tunnel : A Vietnam War Anthology - Andrew J. Rotter

Light at the End of the Tunnel

A Vietnam War Anthology

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This updated and revised edition of Light at the End of the Tunnel is an exhaustive account of the Vietnam War that gives a total overview of the conflict. Starting with Ho Chi Minh's revolt against the French, Andrew J. Rotter takes the reader through the succeeding years as scholars, government officials, journalists, and others recount the important events and examine issues that developed during this tumultuous time. This book is essential for anyone who has an interest in truly understanding the Vietnam War. These readings will both educate and entertain students about this turning point in the history of the United States and, indeed, the world.

This excellent anthology is substantially revised from the first edition almost half the items included are new. I am delighted that it is back in print and available for class use.--George Herring, University of Kentucky Thoroughly balanced, providing accounts with different emphases and interpretations of what remains a highly emotional ordeal in our history, Light at the End of the Tunnel offers numerous opportunities to stimulate thought, discussion, and debate.--Kenton Clymer, University of Texas at El Paso Andrew Rotter has compiled an illuminating selection of essays and book excerpts. His introduction is an insightful, concise history of the Indochina wars.--Marc Leepson, book editor, The VVA Veteran

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xiii
A Chronology of U.S. Intervention
Getting In, 1945-1952p. 3
Ho Chi Minh: The Untried Gamblep. 5
The United States, France, and the First Indochina Warp. 19
Fighting Shy, 1953-1961p. 31
Dwight D. Eisenhower and Wholehearted Support of Ngo Dinh Diemp. 33
Geneva, 1954: The Precarious Peacep. 47
The CIA Comes to Vietnamp. 57
Digging In, 1961-1968p. 65
No "Non-Essential Areas": Kennedy and Vietnamp. 66
The Tonkin Gulf Resolutionp. 76
Groping toward Escalationp. 86
The Tet Offensivep. 105
A Dissenter in the Governmentp. 115
Getting Out, 1968-1975p. 125
Bombing Hanoi, Mining Haiphong, and the Moscow Summitp. 126
The Failure of Forcep. 138
Stabbed in the Backp. 150
In Country
The American Enemyp. 163
The Birth of the National Liberation Frontp. 164
The People and the Americansp. 173
Why the Communists Wonp. 180
The National Liberation Front and the Landp. 190
The Battlefieldp. 195
Getting Hitp. 197
Feeling Coldp. 202
Nursing and Disillusionmentp. 207
"They Did Not Know Good from Evil"p. 215
The Militaryp. 223
Assessing the Military's Performancep. 224
Military Mismanagementp. 236
My Lai: The Killing Beginsp. 249
Controversies and Consequences of American Involvement
Laos and Cambodiap. 265
The War in Laosp. 266
Bombing Cambodia: A Critiquep. 273
Bombing Cambodia: A Defensep. 284
Interpreting the Warp. 295
A Clash of Culturesp. 297
A Bureaucratic Tanglep. 314
An Act of Imperialismp. 323
A Defense of Freedomp. 343
A Perfect Technowarp. 353
The War at Homep. 365
Working-Class Warp. 367
Seeds of a Movementp. 379
Women at the Barricades, Then and Nowp. 392
The Legacy of the Warp. 401
Returning to South Vietnamp. 403
A Deserter and His Familyp. 412
Agent Orange and the Wall at Homep. 417
Afterwordp. 425
Letting Gop. 427
List of Sourcesp. 437
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ISBN: 9780842027120
ISBN-10: 0842027122
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 28th January 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 26.67 x 19.05  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.19
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised