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After Vietnam By Charles E. Neu (Professor of History, Brown University)

After Vietnam by Charles E. Neu (Professor of History, Brown University)

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McNamara, aware of the magnitude of his errors and burdened by the war's destructiveness, draws lessons from his experience with the aim of preventing wars in the future.

After Vietnam Summary

After Vietnam: Legacies of a Lost War by Charles E. Neu (Professor of History, Brown University)

Efforts to understand the impact of the Vietnam War on America began soon after it ended, and they continue to the present day. In After Vietnam four distinguished scholars focus on different elements of the war's legacy, while one of the major architects of the conflict, former defense secretary Robert S. McNamara, contributes a final chapter pondering foreign policy issues of the twenty-first century. In the book's opening chapter, Charles E. Neu explains how the Vietnam War changed Americans' sense of themselves: challenging widely-held national myths, the war brought frustration, disillusionment, and a weakening of Americans' sense of their past and vision for the future. Brian Balogh argues that Vietnam became such a powerful metaphor for turmoil and decline that it obscured other forces that brought about fundamental changes in government and society. George C. Herring examines the postwar American military, which became nearly obsessed with preventing "another Vietnam." Robert K. Brigham explores the effects of the war on the Vietnamese, as aging revolutionary leaders relied on appeals to "revolutionary heroism" to justify the communist party's monopoly on political power. Finally, Robert S. McNamara, aware of the magnitude of his errors and burdened by the war's destructiveness, draws lessons from his experience with the aim of preventing wars in the future.

After Vietnam Reviews

At the best, After Vietnam succeeds in its efforts to transform and deepen scholarly analysis of the war's legacies in both Vietnam and the United States. -- Mark Philip Bradley Reviews in American History It is possible the new war to which President Bush has committed the country will obscure the continuing importance of the legacies addressed in the five essays collected in After Vietnam. Yet it is already clear that the shape of the 'war against terrorism' and the popular response to it owe much to the way the Vietnam War is remembered and forgotten. -- Marilyn B. Young Journal of Military History Thought-provoking. Library Journal Together, the essays form a compact look at the fallout from the Vietnam War, one that is suggestive enough, moreover, to lead readers to pursue the questions amply referenced in the notes. One could hardly ask for more. -- Lloyd C. Gardner International History Review

About Charles E. Neu (Professor of History, Brown University)

Charles E. Neu is a professor and chair in the department of history at Brown University. He is the author of The Troubled Encounter: The United States and Japan and An Uncertain Friendship: Theodore Roosevelt and Japan and the editor of The Wilson Era: Essays in Honor of Arthur S. Link. Contributors: Brian Balogh, University of Virginia; Robert K. Brigham, Vassar College; George C. Herring, University of Kentucky; and Robert S. McNamara, former president of the Ford Motor Company, secretary of defense, and president of the World Bank.

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GOR006028549
9780801863325
0801863325
After Vietnam: Legacies of a Lost War by Charles E. Neu (Professor of History, Brown University)
Used - Good
Paperback
Johns Hopkins University Press
2000-05-15
192
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