This book, first published in 1991, attempts to combine a broad understanding of the background to the conflict in Vietnamese and world history with detailed material on US military tactics and the failure of pacification. There are chapters on the US presidential administrations of Johnson, Kennedy and Nixon; religion, culture and society in North and South Vietnam, and the nature of the ‘People's Revolutionary War’.
Table of Contents
1. Vietnam: The Background to War 2. The First Indochina Conflict and the Conflict States’ Drift to War 3. Lyndon B. Johnson and the Tragedy of Vietnam 4. Negotiations 1964–73 5. The War at Home 6. Politics, Economics and Religion: A Revolution in Vietnamese Society 7. People’s Revolutionary War 8. America’s War: The Strategy and Tactics of the United States’ Military in Vietnam 9. Pacification and the Attempt to Build a Viable South Vietnamese State 10. The War in Five Capitals – The International Context of the Vietnam War 11. The End of the War and its Aftermath
T. Louise Brown