America's War in Vietnam: a Short Narrative History
- List Price: $29.95
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Indiana University Press
- Publish date: 04/01/2000
- ISBN: 9780253336910
- ISBN10: 0253336910
Addington reviews the history of pre-colonial Vietnam, the impact of French imperialism and the Indochina War, and the Cold War origins of American involvement. He then details U.S. policy after the 1954 Geneva Accords, its role in the establishment of South Vietnam, and the outbreak of a new war. Turning to America's deepening involvement, Addington examines the U.S. strategies for waging air and ground war, the impact of the war at home, and the reasons for the failure of U.S. policy under President Johnson. He studies the successes and failures of the policy of withdrawal under President Nixon and concludes with an overview of the war's aftermath and its legacy.