The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Vietnam War

27 Nov

The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Vietnam War

The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Vietnam War

Language: English

Pages: 352

ISBN: 0028639499

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

If you are too young to remember the Vietnam War, this book will give you a comprehensive view of the thirty-year conflict, a more complete story than you might get in your history textbook. It will satisfy the curiosity of those who want to know more about the history and culture of the United States during the sixites and seventies, and it will give older readers an unbiased reminder of their youth.












highly decorated helicopter commander, Molinelli lost over 60 of his 100 helicopters during Lam Son 719. At one point in the battle, he identified Soviet military advisors in action against both American and ARVN troops. He was denied permission to fire on them, and for years insisted on an official explanation from Washington on the issue. Daniel Ellsberg Feels Your Pain Interrupting the supposed calm was the revelation that the entire Vietnam War had been the product of bizarre policymaking.

better. Platoon (1986) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989) defined the in-your-face style of Oliver Stone. Old hawks said he made the average foot soldier look less than glamorous, honorable, or heroic. The typical Vietnam veterans, they said, were not the foul-mouthed misfits portrayed in his films. Old doves praised Stone’s depiction of the war’s savagery, misery, and dehumanization. Right on, they shouted! Stone had exposed the evil of Vietnam. The truth, of course, was somewhere in

twice about any intervention in Indonesia. Expecting to be in Djakarta in February 1964, Kennedy wanted to see things for himself. For the time being, it appeared that Sukarno or some Indonesian military figure could keep the communists at bay and take advantage of America’s economic generosity. Pope was home, and the West Irian trouble was over. Chaos and confusion in Indonesia did not necessarily mean the United States should send in the troops. In late 1963, it looked like Vietnam might remain

leadership, the RYL hoped to change things sooner rather than later. It became the first truly working example of organized resistance to the French in Vietnam. Yet it broke apart in 1929. The RYL’s strength had been solely based in northern Vietnam, especially in Ho’s home province. Some RYL members were by-the-book communists, and they argued over who was most loyal to the cause. A few were ready to march away from communist influence entirely, while another faction thought communism was okay

he told his new White House staff, was lost. We had to get out of there. During the ending days of the 1968 campaign, he had implied the end was near when he referred to a “secret plan” to bring the boys home. Many anti-war Democrats even crossed the aisle to vote for him and his “plan.” But there never had been a plan, and Nixon kept his options open. Henry Kissinger The president’s number one teacher was the man he made his National Security Advisor, former Harvard academic and global

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