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Vietnam: An American Ordeal, CourseSmart eTextbook, 6th Edition

By George Donelson Moss

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Mar 12, 2009

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Vietnam: An American Ordeal provides a comprehensive narrative history of U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia, from 1942 to 1975. Unlike most general histories of U.S. involvement in Vietnam–which are either conventional, diplomatic or military histories–this text synthesizes the perspectives to explore both dimensions of the struggle in greater depth, elucidating more of the complexities of the U.S.-Vietnam entanglement. It explains why Americans tried so hard for so long to stop the spread of Communism in Indochina, and why they ultimately failed.

Table of Contents

1  Origins of American Intervention in Southeast Asia


The Japanese Occupy Indochina

The Vietnamese Revolution, August 1945

America Supports the French Return to Indochina



2  The French Indochina War, 1946-1954


The French Return to Indochina

Franco-Vietminh Non-Negotiations

The French Indochina War Begins

A Developing Franco-American Partnership

America Extends Containment to Southeast Asia

The Road to Dien Bien Phu

The Battle of Dien Bien Phu, 1954

America Sees Failure and Opportunity

The Geneva Conference

 Lessons from a War



3 America’s Diem Experiment


The Formation of SEATO

The Advent of Ngo Dinh Diem

Diem Struggles to Survive

The Battle for Saigon, April 27-May 3, 1955

Diem Consolidates His Regime

The Non-Elections of 1956

Social Revolution in North Vietnam

Building a Nation in South Vietnam

“Diemocracy” in Action

Roots of Revolution in South Vietnam

Hanoi Takes Control of the Southern Insurgency

Civil War in Laos

A Failing Experiment



4  America Raises the Stakes in Vietnam, 1961-1963


Cold War Crises

Crisis in Laos

Shoring Up the Diem Regime

A Limited Partnership

Social Revolution in South Vietnam

Strains in the Limited Partnership

The Buddhist Crisis, May-August, 1963

The Decline of Ngo Dinh Diem

The Fall of Ngo Dinh Diem

A Failed Limited Patnership



5  America Goes to War, 1964-1965


A Changing World Order

Doing the Same only Doing More of It

Coup Season in South Vietnam

The Gulf of Tonkin Incidents, August 2-4, 1964

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution

The Election of 1964

Origins of the Air War over North Vietnam

The American Ground War in South Vietnam Begins

Lyndon Johnson Americanizes the Vietnam War



6  Waging Limited War in Vietnam, 1965-1968


The Concept of Limited War

Initial Search and Destroy Operations

Ia Drang: The Battle That Transformed a War

Escalating  the War on the Ground, 1966

The Big Unit War, 1967

War in the Central Highlands and Northern Provinces

The Limits of Attrition Warfare

Rolling Thunder: The Air War Against North Vietnam, 1965-1968

Arc Light: The South Vietnam Air Campaigns, 1965-1968

The Air War in Laos, 1964-1968




7  The Politics and Diplomacy of War, 1965-1968


General Ky Takes Charge in South Vietnam

The Buddhist Revolt: The Struggle Movement, 1966

Pacification Efforts in South Vietnam

Political Reforms in South Vietnam

Diplomatic Charades, 1965-1968

Cracks in the Cold War Consensus, 1965-1966

The War At Home, 1967

Fighting the Vietnam Era Draft

Lyndon Johnson Promotes the War in Vietnam



8  The Tet Offensive, January 30-March 31, 1968


The Battles That Changed the Course of the War

Hanoi Plans a General Offensive

Surprise Attack!

Siege at Khe Sanh


U. S. Military Leaders Propose to Widen the War

The Clifford Task Force

Johnson Agonistes

Political Shocks

Economic Crises

The “Wise Men” Opt Out of the War

The Speech, Mar 31, 1968



9  Aftermath of the Tet Offensive, April-December, 1968


Vietnam: The First Televised War

1968: The Bloodiest Year of the War

Massacre at My Lai

Pacification and the Beginnings of Vietnamization

The Election of 1968



10  Nixon’s Vietnam War, 1969-1971


Nixon Takes Control

Vietnamization: Shifting the Burden of Fighting

Mobilizing against the Vietnam War, October-November, 1969

The Battle of Hamburger Hill

The Decline of the U. S. Army

Widening the War: Cambodia, April 29, 1970

Kent State and the Revival of Student Protest

Congressional Opposition to the Vietnam War

Widening the War: Laos, February 8, 1971

Project Phoenix and the Limits of Pacification



11  Nixon’s Vietnam War, 1971-1973


New Proposals Revive the Peace Talks

A War Weary Nation

The Pentagon Papers

The NVA Easter Offensive, 1972

Linebacker I: Nixon Revives the Air War Against North Vietnam

Negotiating An End to the American War in Vietnam

Linebacker II: The Christmas Bombings, December 18-29, 1972

The Final Phase of Negotiations, January 1973

Neither Peace Nor Honor: The Paris Accords, January 27, 1973



12  Ending the War: Decline and Fall of South Vietnam, 1973-1975


Homecoming: The Release of the POWs, February-March, 1973

The Postwar War: War Continues in South Vietnam

The Decay of South Vietnam: Corruption and Economic Collapse

The Final Offensive, December 1974-April 1975

The Ho Chi Minh Offensive, April 5-30, 1975

America Abandons Cambodia

America Abandons Laos

America Abandons South Vietnam

The Fall of Saigon, April 27-30, 1975

Why We Lost and They Won

The Costs of a Losing War



13  Legacies of A War


The Endless War, 1975-1992

Normalizing Relations, 1992-1995

Developing Commercial and Diplomatic Relations, 1995-2008

Vietnam Veterans Come Home

The Wall: The Vietnam War Memorial

Vietnamese in America

The Specter of Vietnam







Chronology of American Intervention in Vietnam, 1954-1975





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