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

Author: Gareth Porter
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. University of California Press 2006
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

Interprets how and why the United States went to war in Vietnam. This book provides a challenge to the explanation that US officials adhered blindly to a Cold War doctrine that loss of Vietnam would  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gareth Porter
ISBN: 0520250044 9780520250048
OCLC Number: 901607127
Description: 403 p.
Contents: Preface 1. The Imbalance of Power, 1953--1965 2. The Communist Powers Appease the United States 3. Eisenhower and Dulles Exploit U.S. Dominance in Vietnam 4. North Vietnamese Policy under the American Threat 5. Kennedy's Struggle with the National Security Bureaucracy 6. Johnson, McNamara, and the Tonkin Gulf Episode 7. Bureaucratic Pressures and Decisions for War 8. Dominoes, Bandwagons, and the Road to War 9. Conclusion: The Perils of Dominance Notes Select Bibliography Index
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"This illuminating and wonderfully subversive book is, without a doubt, the most important contribution to the history of US national security policy to appear in the past decade." - Andrew J. Read more...

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