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by Michael H. Hunt

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ISBN: 0809050234
Author: Michael H. Hunt
Language: English
Publisher: Hill and Wang; 1 edition (August 31, 1996)
Pages: 146
Category: Leaders & Notable People
Subcategory: Biography
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 324
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The Vietnam War, perhaps the mast controversial war Americans have ever fought, remains a source of pain and perplexity. Author Michael H. Hunt has decided to write about the topic of the Vietnam War and focus on the . federal government's disastrous decisions during the conflict.

The Vietnam War, perhaps the mast controversial war Americans have ever fought, remains a source of pain and perplexity. To say the least, this presents a daunting task.

The "Cold War" context through which American Presidents, especially Johnson, saw everything ended up. .

The "Cold War" context through which American Presidents, especially Johnson, saw everything ended up blinding them time and time again. Warning signs were all over the place. What Hunt does say in one chapter is that Johnson made the critical decisions which ultimately led to the disaster of the Vietnam War. At a little over one hundred pages, the author describes the slide into the war with clear concise readable pages. The Vietnam War was one of the battles of the Cold War. He also shows how poor leadership on Kennedy's part led us into this disaster, and how a poor game plan kept us there past the 1968 election (Nixon's fault).

Michael Hunt's Lyndon Johnson's War, in the Hill and Wang "Critical Issue" series, is designed primarily . This assumption tends to underestimate the complexity of the situation in Vietnam both before and after 1945.

Michael Hunt's Lyndon Johnson's War, in the Hill and Wang "Critical Issue" series, is designed primarily for use in undergraduate courses, and as such fulfills its teaching mission admirably. It is highly readable, and concise, at 128 pages of text. For example, it was by no means clear in 1945 that either Ho Chi Minh, who had after all been absent from Vietnam during most of the serious struggles of the 1930s and 1940s, or the Communists, who constructed a coalition out of necessity rather than love of pluralism, would prevail.

Originally published in hardcover: New York : Hill and Wang, 1996. Includes bibliographical references (pages 129-139) and index. The Vietnam War, perhaps the mast controversial war Americans have ever fought, remains a source of pain and perplexity.

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Volume 33, Issue 3. December 1999, pp. 519-586. Hill and Wang Critical Issues. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Lyndon Johnson's War: America's Cold War Crusade in Vietnam, 1945-1968. Lyndon Johnson's War: America's Cold War Crusade in Vietnam, 1945-1968.

An analysis of the role of the Johnson administration in the Vietnam War examines the ideological, political, strategic, and institutional factors that led to intervention; Johnson's decision to intensify the war; and the consequences of Vietnam, both at home and abroad.

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Urreur
An excellent short political overview of that period. I recommend it.
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Landaron
This book has nothing to do with Lyndon Johnson. He isn't even introduced till the third chapter. Good information but bad name for a book.
Otrytrerl
Author Michael H. Hunt has decided to write about the topic of the Vietnam War and focus on the U.S. federal government's disastrous decisions during the conflict. To say the least, this presents a daunting task. Even when narrowing things down to the characters of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard M. Nixon, Hunt is still trying to make sense of complex personalities with multiple, often highly contradictory goals. However, the author does a pretty good job in detailing the mistakes that plagued the U.S. fight.

The actual Vietnamese people, across area after area, frequently viewed the war as a continuation of their struggles for independence against the French and Japanese decades earlier. The "Cold War" context through which American Presidents, especially Johnson, saw everything ended up blinding them time and time again. Warning signs were all over the place. Johnson's government decided neither to make clear-cut decisions to escalate military involvement nor to just set up negotiated settlements; its general Vietnam policy resembled somebody bumbling through a dark room, hoping in vain to find the light-switch. Efforts to have our cake and eat it too proved disastrous.

The book's only major flaw is, unfortunately, a big one. Its focus on U.S. Presidents, particularly Johnson, is rather limiting. Hunt's work is surprisingly short. That makes it easy to read, sure, but coupled with his polemic tone (although, to be fair, it's very well-written and logically argued, without any of the drawbacks of some cable TV rant or the like) an average reader might feel a bit underwhelmed. Nonetheless, this a piece of solid writing that's highly recommended to anybody into world history.
Tekasa
As one of the previous reviewers have already noted, Dr. Hunt spends a lot of time telling us how Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Nixon made decisions that ultimately led the slide into the Vietnam War. What Hunt does say in one chapter is that Johnson made the critical decisions which ultimately led to the disaster of the Vietnam War. At a little over one hundred pages, the author describes the slide into the war with clear concise readable pages. The Vietnam War was one of the battles of the Cold War. He also shows how poor leadership on Kennedy's part led us into this disaster, and how a poor game plan kept us there past the 1968 election (Nixon's fault). There is a lot of blame to go around between both parties and presidents. However Johnson was the key decision maker.

This a compact readable book. It makes its arguments concise and to the point. This a nice diplomatic history of the slide to war with the Vietnamese Communists.
Weiehan
Michael Hunt has written a compact yet thorough history of the U. S. involvement in Vietnam. Hunt's premise, in effect, is that due to ignorance, arrogance, and ethnocentrism, U.S. leaders are prevented from a real understanding of Vietnam before embarking on a series of ultimately tragic decisions.
The title of the work suggests two themes. One, Lyndon Johnson made the crucial decisions and thus made the war his own and is therefore to blame for the resulting quagmire. Two, while it is LBJ's war, it is actually part of a larger struggle, the Cold War, an effort in which the United States ultimately prevailed. This is, perhaps, the proper prism through which Vietnam should be viewed.
This work is particularly strengthened and distinguished by Professor Hunt's exploration of the major criticisms of Lyndon Johnson's prosecution of the Vietnam War. He concludes that Johnson was not candid with the American public, and that he proceeded knowing full well the risks involved. Additionally, while Johnson did go to war with clear goals, utilizing power decisively, he was ultimately strait-jacketed by the times in which he lived.
This book ... runs just over a hundred pages, but Hunt spends the first half of the book showing how it was Truman, Ike's and Kennedy's War, then writes one chapter on Johnson then a brief conclusion. I agree with his thesis that it was Johnson's war; after all Johnson is responsible for the biggest escalations in the war. There's just not much new or illuminating here.
I found the most useful part of the book to be his description of Kennedy's whiz kids and the energy and enthusiasm they bring to the scenario. But that supports an argument that this was JFK's war even if he didn't live to see it to the end. Ultimately it was a war typical of America's tendency throughout the Cold War to see everything in black and white, freedom vs. totalitarianism. Any President, faced with the same choices and domestic political context, would have made the same decisions.

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