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Masters of War : Military Dissent and Politics in the Vietnam Era - Robert Buzzanco

Masters of War

Military Dissent and Politics in the Vietnam Era

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Published: 14th July 1997
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Throughout the past decade, defenders of the U.S. role in Vietnam have argued that America's defeat was not the result of an illegitimate intervention or military shortcomings, but rather a failure of will because national leaders, principally Lyndon B. Johnson, forced the troops to "fight with one hand tied behind their backs." In this volume, Robert Buzzanco disproves this theory by demonstrating that political leaders, not the military brass, pressed for war; that American policymakers always understood the problems and peril of war in Indochina; and that civil-military acrimony and the political desire to defer responsibility for Vietnam helped lead the United States into the war. For the first time, these crucial issues of military dissent, interservice rivalries, and civil-military relations and politics have been tied together to provide a cogent and comprehensive analysis of the U.S. role in Vietnam.

'... his book has merit, not only as a polemic but as a well-argued case study on how a war should not be conducted. The book has sheer readability.' Defense Analysis

Introduction
Prologue to tragedy: US military opposition to intervention in Vietnam, 1950û1954
Preparing for and avoiding war: military affairs and politics in Vietnam and the United States, 1955û1960
Pinning down the president: JFK, the military, and political manoeuvering over Vietnam, JanuaryûOctober 1961
The best and worst of times: the US war against Vietnam, October 1961ûNovember 1963
æSeeing things through VietnamÆ: LBJ, the military, and the growing U.S. commitment to Vietnam, November 1963ûDecember 1964
Hope for the best, expect the worst: US ground troops enter the war in Vietnam, JanuaryûJuly 1965
War on three fronts: US forces vs. the VC, Westmoreland vs. the marine, and the military leaders vs. the White House, July 1965ûDecember 1966
æThe platform of false prophets is crowdedÆ: public hope and private despair in Vietnam, 1967
The myth of the Tet: military failure and the politics of war
Conclusion: bringing it all back home
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521599405
ISBN-10: 0521599407
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 404
Published: 14th July 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.59