Vietnam War History

So Much to Lose by William J. Rust

July 29, 2014

In So Much to Lose: John F. Kennedy and American Policy in Laos (University Press of Kentucky, 376 pp., $40) William J. Rust offers a meticulous account of President John F. Kennedy’s vacillating actions toward Laos…

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Selma to Saigon by Daniel S. Lucks

June 11, 2014

On August 12, 1965, Martin Luther King, Jr., startled the Johnson Administration---and the nation---when he spoke out for the first time in favor of ending the American war in Vietnam. "Few events in my lifetime…

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Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War by David F. Schmitz

May 23, 2014

David F. Schmitz, a Whitman College history professor and U.S. foreign relations expert, bores into the first three years (1969-72) of Richard Nixon's presidency in Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War: The End of the…

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Hanoi’s Road to the Vietnam War by Pierre Asselin

May 8, 2014

If you have any doubt that the war waged by North Vietnam against the Republic of (South) Vietnam and the United States was, above all, a political one, Pierre Asselin's Hanoi's Road to the Vietnam War,…

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Taking Fire by Kevin O’Rourke and Joe Peters

February 14, 2014

Kevin O'Rourke and Joe Peters's Taking Fire: Saving Captain Aikman: A Story of the Vietnam War (Casemate, 216 pp., $32.95) is a tribute to airmen who are dedicated to saving lives. The authors have created…

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One Hundred Victories by Linda Robinson

December 11, 2013

Linda Robinson's One Hundred Victories: Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare ( Public Affairs, 344 pp., $28.99) is an excellent and well-organized look at special operations in the war in Afghanistan. The author---a…

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Assault from the Sky by Dick Camp

December 10, 2013

Dick Camp is a retired Marine Corps colonel. He served in Vietnam as a rifle and reconnaissance platoon commander and company commander with the 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines, and as 3rd Marine Division Commanding General Raymond…

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The Lucky Few by Jan K. Herman

November 26, 2013

Jan K. Herman's  The Lucky Few: The Fall of Saigon and the Rescue Mission of the   USS   Kirk  (Naval Institute Press, 192 pp., $39.95)  is a unique story of the final days of…

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American Statecraft by J. Robert Moskin

November 25, 2013

J. Robert Moskin's American Statecraft: The Story of the U.S. Foreign Service (Thomas Dunne, 1, 229 pp., $35) is nothing less than a recounting of the entire story of the U.S. Foreign Service from its beginnings…

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My Lai: An American Atrocity in the Vietnam War by William Thomas Allison

October 8, 2013

William Thomas Allison is the latest military historian to offer his take on the still-controversial My Lai Massacre. Allison is certainly qualified to do so. A Professor of Military History at Georgia Southern University, he spent…

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