The Gulf of Tonkin
The United States and the Escalation in the Vietnam War
The Gulf of Tonkin: The United States and the Escalation in the Vietnam War analyzes the events that led to the escalation of the conflict in Vietnam and increased American involvement.
On August 4, 1964, the captains of two American destroyers, the USS Maddox and the USS Turner Joy, reported that their ships were being attacked by North Vietnamese torpedo boats. This report came on top of a previous report by the captain of the USS Maddox, indicating that he had been attacked by torpedo boats two nights earlier. The text introduces readers to the historiography of these incidents and how the perception of the events changed over time. The attacks, which were collectively called the Gulf of Tonkin incident, are presented in the context not only of the Vietnam War but also of the Cold War and U.S. government powers, enabling students to understand the events’ full ramifications. Using essential primary documents, Tal Tovy provides an accessible introduction to a vital turning point in U.S. and international affairs.
This book will be useful to all students of the Vietnam War, American military history, and foreign policy history.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. The Road to Vietnam: The United States Foreign Policy after World War II 2. Setup: The United States and Vietnam (1954-1963) 3. From Dallas to Tonkin: The Critical Moment 4. The White House vs. Capitol Hill: The War Powers Act 5. Documents
Tal Tovy is Senior Lecturer in History at Bar Ilan University, Israel.