This book puts American policy in Southeast Asia and the traumatic events of the second Indochina War into the larger perspective of the Cold War. Levine's wide-ranging work treats everything from the local appeals of Communist parties in the region and the peculiarities of Vietnamese Communism to the development of the domino theory and its consequences, from helicopter warfare to the antiwar movement. Treating harshly some of the orthodoxies that have developed about Vietnam and scathing in its treatment of the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations, it will interest scholars, students, and veterans of the conflict.
About the Author:
ALAN J. LEVINE is an historian specializing in Russian history, international relations, and World War II. He has published numerous articles about World War II and the Cold War and is author of The Soviet Union, The Communist Movement and the World: Prelude to the Cold War (Praeger, 1990), The Strategic Bombing of Germany, 1940-1945 (Praeger, 1992), The Missile and Space Race (Praeger, 1994), and The Pacific War (Praeger, 1995).