The Vietnam War Era: A Personal Journey

The Vietnam War Era: A Personal Journey

by Bruce O. Solheim

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Overview

There are many lessons to be learned from the Vietnam War, foremost among them being that war as an instrument of peace is not viable. Solheim provides a full picture of the war era at home and in Southeast Asia by combining historical narrative with biographical profiles and personal reflections. He allows the story to unfold in multiple layers, as seen through the eyes of those who were involved on all sides of the conflict: the North Vietnamese, the South Vietnamese, the American generals and politicians, and the American war correspondents and antiwar protestors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803217751
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 11/01/2008
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 827,555
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Bruce O. Solheim is Professor of History at Citrus College in Glendora, California. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. Solheim is the author of The Nordic Nexus: A Lesson in Peaceful Security (Praeger, 1994), and On Top of the World: Women's Political Leadership in Scandinavia and Beyond (Greenwood Press, 2000).

Table of Contents


List of People Profiled
Acknowledgments
Preface
Chronology
Introduction: A People's History
I. Ancient Adversaries, Adventurers, and Advisors, 1000 BC to 1963
1. Origins of Vietnamese Nationalism
2. French-Viet Minh War
3. Enter America - Nation Building with Eisenhower - Kennedy and Vietnam
II. Packs and Rifles, 1964-1967
4. Escalation
5. American Strategies - Air War - Ground War: Search and Destroy
6. Leadership in North Vietnam
III. Fighting for Peace, 1968-1972
7. The War at Home
8. Peace with Honor
9. Exit America
IV. Back in the World, 1973-1975
10. Home Front - Anti-war Protesting - The Media, Public Opinion, and the War
11. A Decent Interval - Watergate - End of the War - The Debated Legacy of Vietnam
12. Personal History - Paris of the East - The Nuclear Family - Where is Vietnam? - We Gotcha Now - I Shall Return - TDY - Vietnamization on the Half Shell - Fighting for Peace - The Machine - It Ain't Over till It's Over - My Brother's Keeper - Be All You Can Be - The Fool - Santayana's Warning - An Officer and a Gentleman - E Pluribus Unum - Suck, Squeeze, Bang, Blow - Unacceptable Loss - Teaching - Bruce's Return - The War Comes Home
Conclusion: That Faraway Place in All of Us
Afterword
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

What People are Saying About This

Walter Jones

"A scholarly treatise on a haunting subject that requires ongoing and thorough examination. America's military actions in Southeast Asia and the resulting turmoil at home created a large and complex set of events that defy simple or easy explanations. Solheim's book will help students of the American war in Vietnam define and understand the issues involved in this tragic Cold War conflict. The volume is timely, gripping and infused with intelligent insight."

Susan O'Neill

"Bruce Solheim's book is ideal for the classroom, with its historical narrative interspersed with profiles of the major players in the U.S. and Vietnam during and surrounding the war. But what gives it special relevance is his personal account of the era, told through child's-eye memoir, letters from his brother in Vietnam, and later musings on how his early experiences shaped the man he has become. It is this that sets it well above histories that deal in dates, battles and statistics, and brings home the persistent influence of this war on the Americans who were touched by it."

Gary R. Hess

"Bruce Solheim's 'people's history' reminds us of the human dimensions of warfare. It underscores what Americans too often ignore—the Vietnamese as well as the American side of America's longest war. Solheim provides biographical sketches of a wide range of men and women, whose ideas, experiences, and roles illuminate the war. This is an important contribution."

Susan O'Neill

"Bruce SolheiM&Apos;s book is ideal for the classroom, with its historical narrative interspersed with profiles of the major players in the U.S. and Vietnam during and surrounding the war. But what gives it special relevance is his personal account of the era, told through child's-eye memoir, letters from his brother in Vietnam, and later musings on how his early experiences shaped the man he has become. It is this that sets it well above histories that deal in dates, battles and statistics, and brings home the persistent influence of this war on the Americans who were touched by it."

Robert Mason

"As a participant in the Vietnam War, I was fascinated to read Bruce Solheim's take on what was going on behind the scenes. His personal experiences combined with dead-on historical research add depth and authenticity to this account. The Vietnam War Era is an excellent read for those curious to know how our politicians led us down such an ill-advised and ill-fated path."

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