Why Vietnam matters [electronic resource] : an eyewitness account of lessons not learned / Rufus Phillips
- Phillips, Rufus
- Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, 2008.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (xvi, 398 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, map ; 27 cm
- Saigon-panier de crabes -- Making a start -- A nation begins to rise -- A bucket of eels and Operation Giai Phong -- The battle for Saigon -- Civic action -- South Vietnam stabilizes-Laos up for grabs -- Return to Vietnam -- Starting rural affairs -- An uneven path -- The Buddhist crisis -- Ambassador Lodge intervenes -- Meeting President Kennedy -- The overthrow of Diem -- The new regime -- Events go wrong -- General Taylor replaces Lodge -- The Lansdale mission -- Triumph of the bureaucrats -- Refusing to give up -- Change comes late -- Humphrey loses, Nixon takes over -- Tragic aftermath-and why -- Beyond Vietnam: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the future.
- In The Best and the Brightest, David Halberstam described Rufus Phillips as a man one could trust telling President Kennedy during the Vietnam War about the failures of the Strategic Hamlet Program, 'in itself a remarkable moment in the American bureaucracy, a moment of intellectual honesty.' With that same honesty, Phillips gives an extraordinary inside history of the most critical years of American involvement in Vietnam, from 1954 to 1968, and explains why it still matters.
- 9781612515625 (electronic bk.) and 1612515622 (electronic bk.)
- Description based upon print version of record., "Publication Date: 04 Dec, 2013"--Details section of PDF., and AVAILABLE ONLINE TO AUTHORIZED PSU USERS.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Technical Details:
- Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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