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  • Published: New York : Random House, c 2012.
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: xxii, 839 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9780375504426
  • 0375504427

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Embers of war : the fall of an empire and the making of America's Vietnam

by Logevall, Fredrik, 1963-

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Prologue: a Vietnamese in Paris -- pt. 1. Liberations, 1940-1945. "The empire is with us!" -- The anti-imperialist -- Crossroads -- "All men are created equal" -- pt. 2. Colonial clash, 1946-1949. The warrior monk -- Conflagration -- War without fronts -- "If I accepted these terms I'd be a coward" -- pt. 3. East meets West, 1949-1953. "The center of the Cold War" -- Attack on the RC4 -- De Lattre's moment -- The quiet Englishman -- The turning point that didn't turn -- Eisenhower in charge -- Navarre's American plan -- pt. 4. The cauldron, 1953-1954. The arena of the gods -- "We have the impression they are going to attack tonight" -- "Vietnam is a part of the world" -- America wants in -- Dulles versus Eden -- Valley of tears -- pt. 5. Peace of a kind, 1954. With friends like these -- "We must go fast" -- "I have seen destiny bend to that will" -- pt. 6. Seizing the torch, 1954-1959. "We have no choice but to win here" -- Miracle man -- Things fall apart -- Epilogue: a new war.

A history of the four decades leading up to the Vietnam War offers insights into how the U.S. became involved, identifying commonalities between the campaigns of French and American forces while discussing relevant political factors.

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