The Making of a Quagmire: America and Vietnam During the Kennedy Era

Paperback | November 9, 2007

byDavid HalberstamEditorDaniel J. Singal

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Pulitzer-prize winning author David Halberstam's eyewitness account provides a riveting narrative of how the United States created a major foreign policy disaster for itself in a faraway land it knew little about. In the introduction to this edition, historian Daniel J. Singal supplies crucial background information that was unavailable in the mid-1960s when the book was written. With its numerous firsthand recollections of life in the war zone, The Making of a Quagmire penetrates to the essence of what went wrong in Vietnam. Although its focus is the Kennedy era, its analysis of the blunders and misconceptions of American military and political leaders holds true for the entire war.

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Pulitzer-prize winning author David Halberstam's eyewitness account provides a riveting narrative of how the United States created a major foreign policy disaster for itself in a faraway land it knew little about. In the introduction to this edition, historian Daniel J. Singal supplies crucial background information that was unavailabl...

David Halberstam (1934-2007) was the author of 20 books, the last 14 of which have been national best-sellers. His most recent book, The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, is about the Chinese entry into the Korean War. He was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting in Vietnam and was a member of the elective Societ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.57 inPublished:November 9, 2007Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0742560082

ISBN - 13:9780742560086

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Edging Toward Calamity: Vietnam in the Early 1960sChapter 1: Coming into a Troubled LandChapter 2: Latter-Day Mandarins: The Ngo FamilyChapter 3: A Strange Alliance: The Americans and DiemPart II: The War in the DeltaChapter 4: In the Field with the ARVNChapter 5: Finding an Elusive FoeChapter 6: Disaster: The Battle of Ap BacChapter 7: Collapse in the DeltaPart III: The Fall of the Diem RegimeChapter 8: The Buddhist Revolt BeginsChapter 9: The Raid on the PagodasChapter 10: A Slow Change in American PolicyChapter 11: The Saigon Press ControversyChapter 12: The Final Days of Ngo Dinh DiemChapter 13: What Should Be Done in Vietnam?Epilogue: Return to Vietnam

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Halberstam's wartime work will last not just because of its quality and its importance but because it established a new mode of journalism, one with which Americans are now so familiar that it's difficult to remember that someone had to invent it.