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

"A scholarly treatise on a haunting subject that requires ongoing and thorough examination. America's military actions in Southeast Asia and the resulting turmoil at home created a large and complex set of events that defy simple or easy explanations. Solheim's book will help students of the American war in Vietnam define and understand the issues involved in this tragic Cold War conflict. The volume is timely, gripping and infused with intelligent insight."—Walter Jones, Assistant Head of Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library University of Utah-Salt Lake City - Walter Jones