Ending the Vietnam War A History of America's Involvement in and Extrication from the Vietnam War (Paperback)
|Author: Henry Kissinger|
|Many other authors have written about what they thought happened in Vietnam, but Kissinger was there at the epicenter, involved in every decision from the long, frustrating negotiations with the North Vietnamese delegation to America's eventual extrication from the war. Now, for the first time, Kissinger gives a single in-depth inside view of the Vietnam War, personally collected, annotated, revised, and updated from his own bestselling memoirs.|
From the Publisher:
Many other authors have written about what they thought happened -- or thought should have happened -- in Vietnam, but it was Henry Kissinger who was there at the epicenter, involved in every decision from the long, frustrating negotiations with the North Vietnamese delegation to America's eventual extrication from the war. Now, for the first time, Kissinger gives us in a single volume an in-depth, inside view of the Vietnam War, personally collected, annotated, revised, and updated from his bestselling memoirs and his book Diplomacy.
Here, Kissinger writes with firm, precise knowledge, supported by meticulous documentation that includes his own memoranda to and replies from President Nixon. He tells about the tragedy of Cambodia, the collateral negotiations with the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China, the disagreements within the Nixon and Ford administrations, the details of all negotiations in which he was involved, the domestic unrest and protest in the States, and the day-to-day military to diplomatic realities of the war as it reached the White House. As compelling and exciting as Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August, Ending the Vietnam War also reveals insights about the bigger-than-life personalities -- Johnson, Nixon, de Gaulle, Ho Chi Minh, Brezhnev -- who were caught up in a war that forever changed international relations. This is history on a grand scale, and a book of overwhelming importance to the public record.
From his previously published memoirs and books on diplomacy, Kissinger excerpts sections that relate to the war in Vietnam and rearranges them into a coherent narrative, with some rewriting as well as new material. He provides an historical context that explains the war that President Nixon inherited upon taking office, an assessment of past and future strategies, and an insider's account of the secret negotiations that led to America's disengagement.
"In addition to being a major player in the events he narrates here, Kissinger is also a scholar of the first rank and a gifted prose stylist." 01/27/2003 New York Times Book Review
"Now [Kissinger] has pulled together his recollections of the Vietnam War into one long but usually readable and occasionally compelling volume....[H]e is a deft portrayer of his allies and adversaries, and he knows how to make the driest diplomacy surprisingly suspenseful. At times readers may get bogged down in the dense detail, but they will be pulled back by a question that seems particularly relevant in our new imperial age: once the United States gets into a mess like Vietnam, how does it get out? - Evan Thomas 03/23/2003