Vietnam, the Necessary War

Vietnam, the Necessary War

A Reinterpretation of America's Most Disastrous Military Conflict

Book - 1999
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A quarter century after its end, the Vietnam War still divides Americans. Some, mostly on the left, claim that Indochina was of no strategic value to the United States and was not worth an American war. Others, mostly on the right, argue that timid civilian leaders and defeatists within the media fatally undermined the war effort. These "lessons of Vietnam" have become ingrained in the American consciousness, at the expense of an accurate understanding of the war itself.

In this groundbreaking reinterpretation of America's most disastrous and controversial war, Michael Lind demolishes the stale orthodoxies of the left and the right and puts the Vietnam War in its proper context -- as part of the global conflict between the Soviet Union and the United States. The Cold War, he argues, was actually the third world war of the twentieth century, and the proxy wars in Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan were its major campaigns. Unwilling to engage each other in the heart of Europe, the superpowersplayed out their contest on the Asian front, while the rest of the world watched to see which side would retreat. As Lind shows, the Soviet Unio

Publisher: New York : Free Press, 1999
ISBN: 9780684842547
Branch Call Number: History 959.704 Lin


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