The Vietnam War Era: A Personal Journey by Bruce O. SolheimThe Vietnam War Era: A Personal Journey by Bruce O. Solheim

The Vietnam War Era: A Personal Journey

byBruce O. Solheim

Paperback | November 1, 2008

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The Vietnam War continues to haunt America’s collective memory. With only the Civil War surpassing the Vietnam War in terms of national divisiveness, earlier discord continues as conflicting lessons from the Vietnam War are applied to current U.S. war policy.

Bruce O. Solheim provides a broad picture of the Vietnam War era at home and in Southeast Asia by combining historical narrative with biographical profiles and personal reflections, allowing the story to unfold in multiple layers, as seen from all sides of the conflict through the eyes of those who were actually involved.

In The Vietnam War Era, Solheim explores, and hopes to answer, vital questions about the American war in Vietnam. What lessons have Americans learned from our defeat, and how should we apply that knowledge in implementing current foreign policy? How do we fit the Vietnam War era into our greater historical narrative?
Bruce O. Solheim, a former U.S. Army aviator, is a professor of history and the volunteer veterans coordinator at Citrus College in Glendora, California. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Women in Power: World Leaders since 1960 and The Nordic Nexus: A Lesson in Peaceful Security.
Title:The Vietnam War Era: A Personal JourneyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.95 × 6 × 0.55 inPublished:November 1, 2008Publisher:UNP - Bison BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803217757

ISBN - 13:9780803217751

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Table of Contents

List of People Profiled
Introduction: A People's History
I. Ancient Adversaries, Adventurers, and Advisors, 1000 BC to 1963
1. Origins of Vietnamese Nationalism
2. French-Viet Minh War
3. Enter America - Nation Building with Eisenhower - Kennedy and Vietnam
II. Packs and Rifles, 1964-1967
4. Escalation
5. American Strategies - Air War - Ground War: Search and Destroy
6. Leadership in North Vietnam
III. Fighting for Peace, 1968-1972
7. The War at Home
8. Peace with Honor
9. Exit America
IV. Back in the World, 1973-1975
10. Home Front - Anti-war Protesting - The Media, Public Opinion, and the War
11. A Decent Interval - Watergate - End of the War - The Debated Legacy of Vietnam
12. Personal History - Paris of the East - The Nuclear Family - Where is Vietnam? - We Gotcha Now - I Shall Return - TDY - Vietnamization on the Half Shell - Fighting for Peace - The Machine - It Ain't Over till It's Over - My Brother's Keeper - Be All You Can Be - The Fool - Santayana's Warning - An Officer and a Gentleman - E Pluribus Unum - Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow - Unacceptable Loss - Teaching - Bruce's Return - The War Comes Home
Conclusion: That Faraway Place in All of Us
Selected Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

“As a participant in the Vietnam War, I was fascinated to read Bruce Solheim's take on what was going on behind the scenes. His personal experiences combined with dead-on historical research add depth and authenticity to this account. The Vietnam War Era is an excellent read for those curious to know how our politicians led us down such an ill-advised and ill-fated path.”—Robert Mason, author of Chickenhawk - Robert Mason - 20080325