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Embers of War

The Fall of An Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam
Logevall, Fredrik (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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A history of the four decades leading up to the Vietnam War offers insights into how the U.S. became involved, identifying commonalities between the campaigns of French and American forces while discussing relevant political factors.
Authors: Logevall, Fredrik, 1963-
Title: Embers of war
the fall of an empire and the making of America's Vietnam
Publisher: New York : Random House, c 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xxii, 839 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Fredrik Logevall
Contents: Prologue: A Vietnamese in Paris
pt. 1. Liberations, 1940-1945
"The Empire is With Us!"
The Anti-Imperialist
Crossroads
"All Men Are Created Equal"
pt. 2. Colonial Struggle, 1946-1949
The Warrior Monk
The Spark
War without Fronts
"If I Accepted These Terms I'd Be a Coward"
pt. 3. East Meets West, 1949-1953
"The Center of the Cold War"
Attack on the RC4
King Jean
The Quiet Englishman
The Turning Point that Didn't Turn
Eisenhower in Charge
Navarre's American Plan
pt. 4. The Cauldron, 1953-1954
Arena of the Gods
"We Have the Impression They Are Going to Attack Tonight"
"Vietnam Is a Part of the World"
America Wants In
Dulles Versus Eden
Valley of Tears
pt. 5. Peace of a Kind, 1954
With Friends Like These
"We Must Go Fast"
"I Have Seen Destiny Bend to That Will"
pt. 6. Seizing the Torch, 1954-1959
" We Have No Choice But to Win Here"
Miracle Man
Things Fall Apart
Epilogue: Different Dreams, Same Footsteps
Summary: A history of the four decades leading up to the Vietnam War offers insights into how the U.S. became involved, identifying commonalities between the campaigns of French and American forces while discussing relevant political factors.
ISBN: 0375504427
9780375504426
0679645195
9780679645191
Branch Call Number: 959.7041 L8321e 2012
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Causes Vietnam Foreign relations United States United States Foreign relations Vietnam France Foreign relations United States United States Foreign relations France Vietnam Politics and government 1945-1975 Vietnam Colonization France Colonies Asia Indochinese War, 1946-1954 Diplomatic history Indochinese War, 1946-1954
Topical Term: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Indochinese War, 1946-1954
Indochinese War, 1946-1954
LCCN: 2011034971
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A balanced, deeply researched history of how, as French colonial rule faltered, a succession of American leaders moved step by step down a road toward full-blown war. (Pulitzer Prize citation)


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Outstanding read and a fair history. The lessons were there regarding the French involvement in IndoChina but the US didn't listen.

Aug 19, 2013
  • DougKJohnson rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very readable - a real page turner. I didn't know how much I didn't know about this period...

Jul 19, 2013
  • rosco2079 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

More engaging than any piece of fiction I've read this year.

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