Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War: The End of the American Century

Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War: The End of the American Century

by David F. Schmitz


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In Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War, accomplished foreign relations historian David F. Shmitz provides students of US history and the Vietnam era with an up-to-date analysis of Nixon's Vietnam policy in a brief and accessible book that addresses the main controversies of the Nixon years. President Richard Nixon's first presidential term oversaw the definitive crucible of the Vietnam War. Nixon came into office seeking the kind of decisive victory that had eluded President Johnson, and went about expanding the war, overtly and covertly, in order to uphold a policy of "containment," protect America's credibility, and defy the left's antiwar movement at home. Tactically, politically, Nixon's moves made sense. However, by 1971 the president was forced to significantly de-escalate the American presence and seek a negotiated end to the war, which is now accepted as an American defeat, and a resounding failure of American foreign relations. Schmitz addresses the main controversies of Nixon's Vietnam strategy, and in so doing manages to trace back the ways in which this most calculating and perceptive politician wound up resigning from office a fraud and failure. Finally, the book seeks to place the impact of Nixon's policies and decisions in the larger context of post-World War II American society, and analyzes the full costs of the Vietnam War that the nation feels to this day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442262263
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/15/2016
Series: Vietnam: America in the War Years Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

David F. Schmitz, the Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, is a renowned expert and author of 9 books on U.S. foreign relations.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

1 The Necessity of the War in Vietnam 1

2 The Middle Road to the White House 23

3 Nixon Takes Over 41

4 Expansion and Crisis 75

5 The End of the American Century 109

6 Denouement 135

Conclusions 145

Bibliographic Essay 149

Index 155

About the Author 161

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