Embers of war : the fall of an empire and the making of America's Vietnam
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- ISBN: 0375756477 (pbk.)
- ISBN: 9780375756474 (pbk.)
xxii, 837 p. : illustrations, maps : 24 cm
- Edition: 2013 Random House Trade Paperback Edition.
- Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2014.
|General Note:||Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History, 2013.|
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||Includes bibliographical references and index.|
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History, 2013.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2012 July #1
Most American studies of the Vietnam War concentrate on the period following the introduction of U.S. combat units under President Johnson. However, contemporary Vietnamese accounts view the "American phase" as the concluding act of a prolonged nationalist struggle to gain independence from Western imperialism. Logevall, professor of history at Cornell, leans toward the latter approachâthat is, American involvement must be inseparably linked to the doomed French effort to maintain imperial control over Indochina. Of course, American policy makers insisted their goals were different; unlike the French, they wanted an independent South Vietnam free from both colonial and communist control. Yet, as Logevall eloquently illustrates, the U.S. followed essentially the same dreary path and made the same errors as its French predecessors. We failed to comprehend the nationalist yearnings of Vietnamese "communists" and were blind to their support among a wide swath of the people. That blindness led us to prop up hopelessly inept or hopelessly compromised Vietnamese "leaders" like Ngo Dinh Diem. This is a superbly written and well-argued reinterpretation of our tragic experience in Vietnam. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
Fredrik Logevall is Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs and professor of history at Harvard University. A specialist on U.S. foreign relations history and modern international history, he is the author or editor of nine books, most recently Embers of War, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Francis Parkman Prize.