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Backfire : a history of how American culture led us into Vietnam and made us fight the way we did

Author: Loren Baritz
Publisher: New York : W. Morrow, ©1985.
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Discusses what led us into Vietnam, how it has changed our culture today and how it may change our culture in the future.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Baritz, Loren, 1928-
Backfire.
New York : W. Morrow, ©1985
(OCoLC)557807694
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Loren Baritz
ISBN: 068804185X 9780688041854
OCLC Number: 11316746
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.
Responsibility: Loren Baritz.

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Discusses what led us into Vietnam, how it has changed our culture today and how it may change our culture in the future.

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.

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