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By John Prados

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The Vietnam conflict remains to be the point of interest of extreme controversy. whereas so much people—liberals, conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, historians, pundits, and electorate alike—agree that the USA didn't win the battle, a vocal minority argue the other or debate why victory by no means got here, attributing the quagmire to every little thing from household politics to the clicking. the army by no means misplaced a conflict, how then did it no longer win the struggle?

Stepping again from this overheated fray, bestselling writer John Prados takes a clean examine either the warfare and the debates approximately it to provide a much-needed and long-overdue reassessment of 1 of our nation's so much tragic episodes. Drawing upon numerous a long time of research-including lately declassified files, newly to be had presidential tapes, and a variety of Vietnamese and different foreign sources—Prados's magisterial account weaves jointly a number of views throughout an epic-sized canvas the place household politics, ideologies, countries, and militaries all collide.

Prados patiently items again jointly the occasions and moments, from the tip of global conflict II till our dispiriting departure from Vietnam in 1975, that demonstrate a conflict that now seems to be to were really unwinnable—due to possibilities misplaced, ignored, neglected, or refused. He exhibits how—from the Truman throughout the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations—American leaders continually neglected or misunderstood the realities in Southeast Asia and handed up each chance to prevent warfare within the first position or stay away from turning into ever extra mired in it after it all started. Highlighting particularly Ike's seminal and long-lasting impact on our Vietnam coverage, Prados demonstrates how and why our diversity of selections narrowed with each one passing 12 months, whereas our decision-making persisted to be distorted through chilly struggle politics and basic misperceptions concerning the tradition, psychology, objectives, and talents of either our enemies and our allies in Vietnam.

By turns attractive narrative background, compelling analytic treatise, and relocating own account, Prados's magnum opus demanding situations prior authors and will rightfully take its position because the such a lot accomplished, up to date, and actual one-volume account of a struggle that—judging via the widespread analogies to the present conflict in Iraq—has no longer but relatively ended for any of us.

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