The Year of the Hare: America in Vietnam, January 25, 1963-February 15, 1964

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When the United States government engineered the overthrow of the troublesome South Vietnamese leader Ngo Dinh Diem in November 1963, it set in motion a tumultuous course of events deepening the Vietnam War. The Year of the Hare asks why President John F. Kennedy decided to depose his ally of nine years, despite almost daily warnings from some cabinet officials that the most likely consequence of a coup would be chaos.

Why did Kennedy and his colleagues choose this perilous course in the midst of an uncertain civil war? To answer this question, The Year of the Hare takes us inside the Kennedy administration, where the State Department largely supported the coup while the Pentagon and the CIA consistently resisted it. Francis X. Winters’s research is based on in-depth interviews with high-ranking members of the Kennedy administration, including Dean Rusk, McGeorge Bundy, and George Ball, along with the newly issued multivolume compilation Foreign Relations and the United States, 1961-1964, Vietnam and the recently opened General Records of the U.S. State Department for 1963.

The reasons for American support of the coup in Vietnam, Winters asserts, lie both in the ethos of the era, with its dynamic confidence in the superiority of American ideals, and in Kennedy’s political aspirations. The Year of the Hare explores the synergy between the idealism and personal ambition that were at the root of the war that haunts us still.

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Francis X. Winters, a professor of ethics and international affairs with the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of "Politics and Ethics" and edited "Ethics and Nuclear Strategy."

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Winters (ethics and international affairs, Georgetown Univ.) explores the Kennedy administration's 1963 deliberations leading to the overthrow of the South Vietnamese government of Ngo Dinh Diem. Opposed schools of thought eventually converged to produce a consensus supporting a coup. Kennedy ultimately consented to the coup plus assassination. Diem's downfall, contends Winters, was the beginning of the end for the United States in Vietnam, since a staunch nationalist like Diem would surely have rejected subsequent Americanization of the war effort. Based on in-depth interviews with leading members of the Kennedy administration and recently opened State Department records, this work illuminates the uneasy blend of idealism and hardheaded realism underpinning U.S. political culture. An insightful look at the process of crafting foreign policy in a democracy; recommended for academic libraries.?James Holmes, Fletcher Sch. of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts Univ., Medford, Mass.
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