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Embers of war : the fall of an empire and the making of America's Vietnam

Author: Fredrik Logevall
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A history of the four decades leading up to the Vietnam War offers insights into how the U.S. became involved, identifying commonalities between the campaigns of French and American forces while discussing relevant political factors.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fredrik Logevall
ISBN: 9780375504426 0375504427 9780375756474 0375756477
OCLC Number: 749115640
Language Note: Text in English.
Awards: Pulitzer prize for History, 2013.
Finalist, Cundill Prize in Historical Literature, 2013.
Description: xxii, 839 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: A Vietnamese in Paris --
Part 1. Liberations, 1940-1945. "The empire is with us!" ; The anti-imperialist ; Crossroads ; "All men are created equal" --
Part 2. Colonial struggle, 1946-1949. The warrior monk ; The spark ; War without fronts ; "If I accepted these terms I'd be a coward" --
Part 3. East meets west, 1949-1953. "The center of the Cold War" ; Attack on the RC4 ; King Jean ; The quiet Englishman ; The turning point that didn't turn ; Eisenhower in charge ; Navarre's American plan --
Part 4. The cauldron, 1953-1954. Arena of the gods ; "We have the impression they are going to attack tonight" ; "Vietnam is a part of the world" ; America wants in ; Dulles versus Eden ; Valley of tears --
Part 5. Peace of a kind, 1954. With friends like these ; "We must go fast" ; "I have seen destiny bend to that will" --
Part 6. Seizing the torch, 1954-1959. "We have no choice but to win here" ; Miracle man ; Things fall apart --
Epilogue: Different dreams, same footsteps.
Responsibility: Fredrik Logevall.
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This monumental history asks the simple question: How did we end up in a war in Vietnam? To answer that question Fredrik Logevall traces the forty-year path that led us from World War I to the first  Read more...

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