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The war council : McGeorge Bundy, the NSC, and Vietnam

Author: Andrew Preston
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2006.
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"Was the Vietnam War unavoidable? Historians have long assumed that ideological views and the momentum of events made American intervention inevitable. By examining the role of McGeorge Bundy and the National Security Council, Andrew Preston demonstrates that policymakers escalated the conflict in Vietnam in the face of internal opposition, external pressures, and a continually failing strategy." "In challenging the  Read more...
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Preston, Andrew, 1973-
War council.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2006
(OCoLC)607791493
Named Person: McGeorge Bundy; McGeorge Bundy; MacGeorge Bundy
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Preston
ISBN: 0674021983 9780674021983
OCLC Number: 62282615
Description: xi, 320 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The mentor: Stimson's influence on Bundy--
A foreign office in microcosm: creating the National Security Adviser and re-creating the NSC staff --
Learning to fear the bomb: Kennedy's crises and the origins of detente --
The hawk: Rostow and the first attempt at Americanization --
The soft hawk: Forrestal and nonmilitary escalation --
Bundy the adviser: the drift to war --
Bundy the advocate: the rush to war --
Bundy ambivalent: rolling thunder, student unrest, and the decision to commit troops --
Bundy resilient: the bombing pause and the continuing search for a successful policy --
Legacies.
Responsibility: Andrew Preston.
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