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The Vietnam War

A History in Documents

Marilyn B. Young, John J. Fitzgerald, and A. Tom Grunfeld

Publication Date - April 2003

ISBN: 9780195166354

176 pages
Paperback
8 x 10 inches

Retail Price to Students: $44.99

One of the most divisive episodes in modern American history told through primary source documents

Description

The Vietnam War tells the story of one of the most divisive episodes in modern American history through primary sources, ranging from government documents, news reports, speeches, popular songs to memoirs, writings by Vietnam veterans (including coauthor John Fitzgerald), and poetry by Vietnamese and Americans on matching themes. The book begins in the 19th century when Vietnam became a French colony, and traces the insidious route by which the United States became involved in a war on the other side of the world.

Features

  • Tells the story of one of the most divisive episodes in modern American history
  • Includes primary sources ranging from government documents, news reports, speeches, popular songs to memoirs, writings by Vietnam veterans (including coauthor John Fitzgerald), and poetry by Vietnamese and American people
  • Traces the insidious route by which the United States became involved in a war on the other side of the world.

About the Author(s)

Marilyn B. Young is a Professor of History at New York University who specializes in the study and teaching of US-East Asian Relations.

Reviews

"Simply terrific. If I were teaching the Vietnam War, I would rush to use it. The photos are extraordinary and the documents powerful. There is no better single volume on the war that makes the events and ideas come alive as this book does."--Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States

"Comprised of first- and second-hand accounts of American policy in Vietnam during the 1960s. Its primary sources are held together chronologically with narrative. Political cartoons, U.S. government files, Vietnamese iconography, and song lyrics by Bruce Springsteen are among the book's most compelling and evocative elements."--Hampshire Gazette

"Provides historials and students of history with a wealth of first-hand information missing from past conflicts. Those "primary sources"...provide the basis for a different way to teach history - allowing students to decide the meaning."--Longmeadow News

Table of Contents

    What is a Document?
    How to Read a Document
    A Little History, By Way of Introduction


    Chapter One: The First Indochina War

    Vietnam Approaches America
    America Responds

    Chapter Two: Waist Deep in the Big Muddy

    A Temporary Peace
    Eisenhower's Vietnam
    Kennedy's War

    Chapter Three: America's War

    The War Expands
    The Public Debate

    Chapter Four: Picture Essay: Selling Patriotism

    Chapter Five: Going to War


    Soldiers at War
    Other Voices
    The Condition of the Army

    Chapter Six: A People Divided

    The African-American Community
    Opposition within the Military

    Chapter Seven: Nixon's War

    My Lai
    The Nixon Doctrine
    Bombing Hanoi to the Bargaining table

    Chapter Eight: After the War

    Looking Back
    Legacies

    Timeline
    Glossary
    Further Reading and Websites
    Text Credits
    Picture Credits
    Index