Choosing War by Fredrik Logevall
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Choosing War
By Fredrik Logevall

Choosing War

The Lost Chance for Peace and the Escalation of War in Vietnam

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Choosing War by Fredrik Logevall

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In one of the most detailed and powerfully argued books published on American intervention in Vietnam, Fredrik Logevall examines the last great unanswered question on the war: Could the tragedy have been averted? His answer: a resounding yes. Challenging the prevailing myth that the outbreak of large-scale fighting in 1965 was essentially unavoidable, "Choosing War" argues that the Vietnam War was unnecessary, not merely in hindsight but in the context of its time. Why, then, did major war break out? Logevall shows it was partly because of the timidity of the key opponents of U.S. involvement, and partly because of the staunch opposition of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations to early negotiations. His superlative account shows that U.S. officials chose war over disengagement despite deep doubts about the war's prospects and about Vietnam's importance to U.S. security and over the opposition of important voices in the Congress, in the press, and in the world community. They did so because of concerns about credibility - not so much America's or the Democratic party's credibility, but their own personal credibility. Based on six years of painstaking research, this book is the first to place American policymaking on Vietnam in 1963-65 in its wider international context using multiarchival sources, many of them recently declassified. Here we see for the first time how the war played in the key world capitals - not merely in Washington, Saigon, and Hanoi, but also in Paris and London, in Tokyo and Ottawa, in Moscow and Beijing. "Choosing War" is a powerful and devastating account of fear, favor, and hypocrisy at the highest echelons of American government, a book that will change forever our understanding of the tragedy that was the Vietnam War.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520229198
ISBN-10: 0520229193
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 38mm)
Pages: 557
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 9-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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America's Cold War by Fredrik Logevall America's Cold War, Paperback (March 2012)

The Cold War dominated world affairs during the half century following World War II. It ended in victory for the United States, yet it was a costly triumph, claiming trillions of dollars in defense spending and the lives of nearly 100,000 US soldiers. This title reexamines the successes and failures of America's Cold War.

First Vietnam War by Fredrik Logevall First Vietnam War, Paperback (March 2007)

To understand the course of the Vietnam wars, it is essential to explore the connections between events within Vietnam and global geopolitical currents in the decade after WWII. This work examines the various dimensions of the struggle between France and Vietnamese revolutionaries that began in 1945 and reached its climax at Dien Bien Phu.

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Author Biography - Fredrik Logevall

Fredrik Logevall is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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