America in Vietnam

A Documentary History

William Appleman Williams (Editor), Thomas McCormick (Editor), Lloyd C. Gardner (Editor), Walter LaFeber (Editor, Cornell University)

Overview | Inside the Book

This collection of essays and documents, written and compiled by four distinguished historians, is an essential source book for anyone seeking to understand the causes, character, and consequences of American involvement in Vietnam.

Through a wide variety of documents—including newly opened presidential papers, congressional debates, military reports, treaties, and newspaper articles—the authors trace the origins of the war back to pre–World War II attitudes and then proceed through the development of the "domino theory" and the policies of Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon to the fall of South Vietnam in 1975.

Each of the editors has written an introductory essay to place the documents in heir historical context. These essays explore the controversial questions raised by Vietnam—such as whether each president understood what he was getting into, whether (as some now charge) the media and public opinion undermined America's ability to win the war, whether official statements were intended to mislead the American people, and, most fundamentally, why America was in Vietnam.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • May 1989
  • ISBN 978-0-393-30555-5
  • 5.6 × 8.6 in / 360 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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