America's Miracle Man in Vietnam by Seth Jacobs
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America's Miracle Man in Vietnam
By Seth Jacobs

America's Miracle Man in Vietnam

Ngo Dinh Diem, Religion, Race, and U.S. Intervention in Southeast Asia

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America's Miracle Man in Vietnam by Seth Jacobs

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As a crucial prerequisite to the incremental steps that led to the devastation and defeat of the Vietnam War, America's support for Ngo Dinh Diem as the head of South Vietnam from the mid-1950s into the early 1960s proved to be catastrophic. Exploring the rationale for this extraordinarily consequential Cold War policy, Seth Jacobs adds a new layer of complexity to histories attributing the commitment to Diem to anticommunism and a lack of other viable candidates. Jacobs argues that senior U.S. policymakers' support for Diem grew out of the unprecedented religious revival of the 1950s and the almost complete lack of detailed knowledge about the Far East. He contends that only by taking American religious fervour into account can historians explain why the Eisenhower administration allied with Diem, a devout Catholic, in a nation almost ninety percent Buddhist. A diplomatic and cultural history, America's Miracle Man in Vietnam draws on government archives, presidential libraries, private papers, movies, and television and radio broadcasts. Jacobs shows in detail how, in the 1950s, U.S. policymakers conceived of the Cold War as a crusade in which Americans needed to combine with fellow Judeo-Christians against an adversary dangerous as much for its atheism as for its military might. He describes how racist assumptions that Asians were culturally unready for democratic self-government predisposed Americans to excuse Diem's dictatorship as necessary in "the Orient." By focusing attention on the role of American religious and racial discourses, America's Miracle Man in Vietnam provides a necessary corrective to understandings of America's disastrous commitment to "sink or swim with Ngo Dinh Diem."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780822334408
ISBN-10: 0822334402
Format: Paperback
(225mm x 166mm x 25mm)
Pages: 392
Imprint: Duke University Press
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 15-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Seth Jacobs

Seth Jacobs is Assistant Professor of History at Boston College.

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