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Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War : the end of the American century

Author: David F Schmitz
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
Series: Vietnam--America in the war years (Unnumbered)
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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President Richard Nixon's first presidential term oversaw the definitive crucible of the Vietnam War. Nixon came into office seeking the kind of decisive victory that had eluded President Johnson, and went about expanding the war, overtly and covertly, in order to uphold a policy of "containment," protect America's credibility, and defy the left's antiwar movement at home. Tactically, politically, Nixon's moves made  Read more...
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Schmitz, David F.
Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War
(DLC) 2013049313
(OCoLC)865452279
Named Person: Richard M Nixon; Richard M Nixon; Richard M Nixon
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David F Schmitz
ISBN: 9781442227101 1442227109
OCLC Number: 899739361
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 161 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: The necessity of the war in Vietnam --
The middle road to the White House --
Nixon takes over --
Expansion and crisis --
The end of the American century --
Denouement.
Series Title: Vietnam--America in the war years (Unnumbered)
Responsibility: David F. Schmitz.

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President Richard Nixon's first presidential term oversaw the definitive crucible of the Vietnam War. Nixon came into office seeking the kind of decisive victory that had eluded President Johnson, and went about expanding the war, overtly and covertly, in order to uphold a policy of "containment," protect America's credibility, and defy the left's antiwar movement at home. Tactically, politically, Nixon's moves made sense. However, by 1971 the president was forced to significantly de-escalate the American presence and seek a negotiated end to the war, which is now accepted as an American defeat, and a resounding failure of American foreign relations. This book, authored by a foreign relations historian, is intended to provide an up-to-date analysis of Nixon's Vietnam policy in a concise and accessible way. The author addresses the main controversies of Nixon's Vietnam strategy, and in so doing manages to trace back the ways in which this most calculating and perceptive politician wound up resigning from office a fraud and failure. Finally, the book seeks to place the impact of Nixon's policies and decisions in the larger context of post-World War II American society, and analyzes the full costs of the Vietnam War that the nation feels to this day. -- From publisher's website.

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Drawing on recently declassified documents and recordings from Nixon administration, historian Schmitz provides a revealing analysis of the 37th President's handling of the Vietnam War. Schmitz's Read more...

 
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