Journals Higher Education



Published: 18 May 1995

288 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195096507

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Into the Quagmire

Lyndon Johnson and the Escalation of the Vietnam War

Brian VanDeMark

Even as Lyndon Johnson celebrated his electoral triumph in November, 1964, he and his advisers began the process that led to eight years of war and the destruction of his administration. This vivid, fast-paced narrative describes the critical nine months in which Johnson committed the nation to supporting a government in South Vietnam which almost no one believed could survive. Amid a sharp debate among his advisers, LBJ almost avoided the catastrophic decision, until a determination to stand tall (and to outflank his conservative domestic opposition) led him--and the U.S.--into the quagmire.