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Perils of dominance : imbalance of power and the road to war in Vietnam

Author: Gareth Porter
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2005.
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Gareth Porter presents a new interpretation of how and why the US went to war in Vietnam. He provides a challenge to the prevailing explanation that US officials adhered blindly to a Cold War doctrine that loss of Vietnam would cause a 'domino effect' leading to communist dominance of the area.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Porter, Gareth, 1942-
Perils of dominance.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2004
(DLC) 2004024697
(OCoLC)56876590
Named Person: John F Kennedy; Lyndon B Johnson
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gareth Porter
ISBN: 9780520940406 0520940407 1423717309 9781423717300
OCLC Number: 61167189
Description: 1 online resource (403 p.)
Contents: The imbalance of power, 1953-1965 --
The Soviets and Chinese appease the United States --
Eisenhower and Dulles exploit U.S. dominance in Vietnam --
North Vietnamese policy under the American threat --
Kennedy's struggle with the national security bureaucracy --
Johnson, McNamara and the Tonkin Gulf crisis --
Bureaucratic pressures and the decisions for war --
Dominoes, bandwagons and the road to war.
Responsibility: Gareth Porter.

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Gareth Porter presents a new interpretation of how and why the US went to war in Vietnam. He provides a challenge to the prevailing explanation that US officials adhered blindly to a Cold War doctrine that loss of Vietnam would cause a 'domino effect' leading to communist dominance of the area.

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