Vietnam the Necessary War by Michael Lind
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Vietnam the Necessary War
By Michael Lind

Vietnam the Necessary War

A Reinterpretation of America's Most Disastrous Military Conflict

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Vietnam the Necessary War by Michael Lind

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The Vietnam War still divides Americans. Some claim that Indochina was of no strategic value. Others argue that timid civilian leaders denied the U.S military permission to win. In this paradigm-shifting book, Michael Lind explodes both of these myths and puts the Vietnam War back in the context of Cold War power politics and American domestic politics. The Cold War, Lind argues, was the third world war, and the proxy wars in Korea, Indochina, and Afghanistan were among its major campaigns. However, the cost of the U.S military's misguided tactics in Vietnam undermined American public support for the Cold War on all fronts. The result was the forfeiture of Indochina, a resurgence of American isolationism, and a worldwide wave of Soviet bloc expansion checked only by the Second Cold War of the 1980's. Challenging the stale orthodoxies of the antiwar left and prowar right, VIETNAM: THE NECESSARY WAR offers a major reinterpretation of America's most disastrous foreign war.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780684870274
ISBN-10: 0684870274
Format: Paperback
(214mm x 139mm x 25mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Publish Date: 21-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Michael Lind

Michael Lind lives in Washington DC and is the Washington Editor of HARPER'S magazine. He is the author of five previous books, including THE NEXT AMERICAN NATION (0684825031) and UP FROM CONSERVATISM (0684831864). His work has appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE WASHINGTON POST and THE ALTANTIC MONTHLY. He holds a master's degree in international relations from Yale and a law degree from the University of Texas.

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