America's Longest War: United States and Vietnam, 1950-75 (America in Crisis)

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Widely recognized as a major contribution to the study of American involvement in Vietnam, this comprehensive and balanced account analyzes the ultimate failure of the war, and the impact of the war on US foreign policy. The book seeks to place American involvement in Vietnam in historical perspective and to offer answers to vital questions. This new edition has been necessitated not only by the development in the field, but also by dramatic change in the world in the time since the last edition.

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Widely praised for being a brief, clear and unbiased text.
The third edition of AMERICA'S LONGEST WAR marks a significant revision. This edition seeks to update the history of US involvement in Vietnam.
New research throughout - including information retrieved from recently opened records on the war.
Illustration program has been significantly revised.
The last chapter, "The Post-War and the Legacy of Vietnam", has been substantially rewritten to take into account the dramatic changes of the past decade, analyze the influence that Vietnam continues to excerpt on Americans, and explain the persistence of conflict on the US and Vietnam.
Places the Vietnam War in historical perspective.
Most detailed coverage between the period of 1963-1973, the decade of heaviest American involvement on Vietnam.

About the Author:

George C. Herring is Alumni Professor of history at the University of Kentucky. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia and taught at Ohio University before moving to the University of Kentucky. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and essays, including The Secret Diplomacy of the Vietnam War: The Negotiating Volumes of the Pentagon Papers (1983) and LBJ and Vietnam: A Different Kind of War (1994). He served as editor of the scholarly journal Diplomatic History from 1982 to 1986 and was President of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in 1990. In 1991, he served as Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand and from 1993 to 1994, he was Visiting Professor of History at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point.

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