Embers of War

Embers of War

The Fall of An Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam

Book - 2013 | 2013 Random House Trade Paperback edition
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A history of the four decades leading up to the Vietnam War offers insights into how the U.S. became involved, identifying commonalities between the campaigns of French and American forces while discussing relevant political factors.
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2013
Edition: 2013 Random House Trade Paperback edition
ISBN: 9780375756474
0375756477
Branch Call Number: 959.7041 Loge
Characteristics: xxii, 837 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Contents note continued: 25."We Have No Other Choice but to Win Here"
26. Miracle Man
27. Things Fall Apart
Machine generated contents note: pt. ONE LIBERATIONS, 1940
1945
1."The Empire Is with Us!"
2. The Anti-Imperialist
3. Crossroads
4."All Men Are Created Equal"
pt. TWO COLONIAL STRUGGLE, 1946
1949
5. The Warrior Monk
6. The Spark
7. War Without Fronts
8."If I Accepted These Terms I'd Be a Coward"
pt. THREE EAST MEETS WEST, 1949
1953
9."The Center of the Cold War"
10. Attack on the RC4
11. King Jean
12. The Quiet Englishman
13. The Turning Point That Didn't Turn
14. Eisenhower in Charge
15. Navarre's American Plan
pt. FOUR THE CAULDRON, 1953
1954
16. Arena of the Gods
17."We Have the Impression They Are Going to Attack Tonight"
18."Vietnam Is a Part of the World"
19. America Wants In
20. Dulles Versus Eden
21. Valley of Tears
pt. FIVE PEACE OF A KIND, 1954
22. With Friends Like These
23."We Must Go Fast"
24."I Have Seen Destiny Bend to That Will"
pt. SIX SEIZING THE TORCH, 1954
1959

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SeattleSaul
Sep 19, 2015

Especially for those who thought that the Vietnam War started in 1965, this is a must-read. Even though I was of that era and reasonably informed, I had only a vague idea what had happened before and just how deeply the U.S. had been involved since WWII. There are lesson there for us today.

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nealsubterra
Feb 25, 2014

Outstanding read and a fair history. The lessons were there regarding the French involvement in IndoChina but the US didn't listen.

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DougKJohnson
Aug 19, 2013

Very readable - a real page turner. I didn't know how much I didn't know about this period...

rosco2079 Jul 19, 2013

More engaging than any piece of fiction I've read this year.

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