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5.0 out of 5 stars A lucid and informative account of Trying to Solve the Unsolvable, 2 April 2010
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This review is from: America's Longest War : The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975 with Poster (Paperback)
Originally coming out in 1979, this, by my reckoning, is the fourth print of a definitive work which tracks successive American administrations between 1950 - 1975 in thier attempts near and failures in dealing with the issue of the civil war between North and South Vietnam.
George C Herring concentrates his book on the plans and reaction of the various administrations; this approach makes for absorbing reading. Although he covers the events talking place in Vietnam, he swiftly takes the reader back to the Whitehouse to record the response. So although there are no heroes and Herring does not make excuses for anyone, American policy does become clearer; in fact in the broad sweep of history it would seem one facet Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon had in common; a wish not to become involved in Vietnam while at the same time endeavouring to impose American policy upon that land; a common historical tragedy, the only difference being the sheer scale.
The style is clear, the facts easy to follow, and the writer's conclusion straight to the point.
Recommended to anyone with an interest in the Vietnam Wars, and also those studying the history of American foreign policy
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