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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Baritz, Loren, 1928-
New York : W. Morrow, ©1985
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|Description:||393 pages ; 25 cm|
|Contents:||pt. I, Tinder: the myths we take to war : 1. God's country and American know-how --
pt. II, Fire: decisions that made the war : 2. The chain to vietnam --
3. The invention of South Vietnam --
4. War by the numbers --
5. The politics of ego --
pt. III, Backfire: bureaucracy at war : 6. Enabling ingnorance --
7. The warriors --
8. The American lullaby.
This is the only book to examine the myths of the American culture that led us into the Vietnam quagmire in the first place. It exposes our national myths: the conviction of our moral supremacy, our assumptions that Americans are more idealistic than other people, and our faith in a technology that supposedly makes us invincible. It also discusses how Vietnam has changed American culture today, and in the future. -- Publisher description.