America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975

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First published in 1979, America's Longest War has been highly regarded both by scholars and general readers. Extensive and yet manageable, this assessment of our national tragedy provides an accurate and objective analysis of the hostilities at home and abroad. This second edition provides fuller discussions of domestic opposition to the war and the relationship between the North Vietnamese and the Vietcong. Updated to include information from the Johnson Library and other recently released archives, this comprehensive history extends from the initial U.S. assistance to the French in the Indochina War through the fall of Saigon, the victory of the Kmer Rouge in Cambodia, and the subsequent legacy of our defeat. The revised bibliography makes current all references to recent scholarship. The new edition of Americaas Longest War becomes more timely as we commemorate a decade since the end of the war and attempt to reflect dispassionately on its effects on our national character and policy. In a review of the first edition, Robert L. Beisner (American University) wrote: "Both scholars and those Americans still trying to come to terms with aAmericaas Longest Wara should read this excellent book." Author note: George C. Herring is Professor of History at the University of Kentucky. His other books include Aid to Russia, 1941-1946 (Columbia University Press) and Secret Diplomacy of the Vietnam War (University of Texas Press).

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George C. Herring is Alumni Professor of history at the University of Kentucky. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia and taught at Ohio University before moving to the University of Kentucky. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and essays, including The Secret Diplomacy of the Vietnam War: The Negotiating Volumes of the Pentagon Papers (1983) and LBJ and Vietnam: A Different Kind of War (1994). He served as editor of the scholarly journal Diplomatic History from 1982 to 1986 and was President of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in 1990. In 1991, he served as Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand and from 1993 to 1994, he was Visiting Professor of History at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point.

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