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America at War since 1945 : Politics and Diplomacy in Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War

America at War since 1945 : Politics and Diplomacy in Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0275956608

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ISBN13: 978-0275956608
ISBN10: 0275956601
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Edition: 96
Copyright: 1996
Publisher: Praeger Publishers, Inc.
Published: 1996
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America at War since 1945 : Politics and Diplomacy in Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War - 96 edition

ISBN13: 978-0275956608

Gary A. Donaldson

ISBN13: 978-0275956608
ISBN10: 0275956601
Cover type:
Edition: 96
Copyright: 1996
Publisher: Praeger Publishers, Inc.
Published: 1996
International: No
Summary

Focusing primarily on politics and foreign policy, America at War analyzes America's involvement in three wars since the end of World War II: Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War. The main questions asked are: How did the U.S. become involved in these wars? How were the wars conducted? And how did the U.S. get out of these wars?
In Korea and Vietnam, the U.S. fought to show the world that it would stand up to the evils of communism; that it could be counted on (with money, advisors, or even a major military effort if necessary) to halt the advance of communism. But in both wars, the U.S. showed itself to be militarily vulnerable. The Gulf War--against tyranny, not communism--restored the U.S. to its position of prominence in the world, reaffirming its role as a world leader and a defender of freedom.

Table of Contents

Korea
Origins and Involvement
Across the Parallel and into Stalemate
Changing Objectives and the Accordion War
Fighting While Negotiating
Vietnam
Postwar Politics and Foreign Policy and the French Interlude
The Long Road to Intervention: Vietnam Policy Under Eisenhower and Kennedy
The Legacy Passes to Johnson
Johnson's Fall and Nixon's Rise
The Last Act
The Gulf War
Background for Conflict
"The Liberation of Kuwait Has Begun"
Desert Storm: The Air War
Desert Storm: The Ground War and the Triumph of Lessons Learned
Notes
Bibliographic Essay and Suggested Reading
Index

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