In this Book

How Presidents Test Reality
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Authors Burke and Greenstein compare the Vietnam decisions of two presidents whose leadership styles and advisory systems diverged as sharply as any in the modern presidency. Using declassified records and interviews with participants to assess in depth the adequacy of each president's use of advice and information, this important book advances our historical understanding of the American involvement in Vietnam and illuminates the preconditions of effective presidential leadership in the contemporary world. "Burke and Greenstein have written what amounts to an owner's manual for operating the National Security Council....This is a book Reagan's people could have used and George Bush ought to read." —Bob Schieffer, The Washington Monthly

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. PART I: Framework of the Inquiry
  2. pp. 1-1
  1. CHAPTER ONE:
  2. pp. 2-26
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  1. PART II: Failure to Intervene in 1954
  2. pp. 27-27
  1. CHAPTER TWO: The Question of Unilateral Intervention: NARRATIVE
  2. pp. 28-52
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  1. CHAPTER THREE: The Question of Unilateral Intervention: ANALYSIS
  2. pp. 53-66
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  1. CHAPTER FOUR: The Card of Multilateral Intervention: NARRATIVE
  2. pp. 67-97
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  1. CHAPTER FIVE: The Card of Multilateral Intervention: ANALYSIS
  2. pp. 98-115
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  1. PART III: Intervention in 1965
  2. pp. 116-117
  1. CHAPTER SIX: Crossing the Threshold: NARRATIVE
  2. pp. 118-133
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  1. CHAPTER SEVEN: Crossing the Threshold: ANALYSIS
  2. pp. 134-149
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  1. CHAPTER EIGHT: Incremental Escalation: NARRATIVE
  2. pp. 150-173
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  1. CHAPTER NINE: Incremental Escalation: ANALYSIS
  2. pp. 174-194
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  1. CHAPTER TEN: Open-ended Commitment: NARRATIVE
  2. pp. 195-230
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  1. CHAPTER ELEVEN: Open-ended Commitment: ANALYSIS
  2. pp. 231-254
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  1. PART IV: A Summing Up
  2. pp. 255-255
  1. CHAPTER TWELVE: Eisenhower and Johnson Decision Making Compared
  2. pp. 256-273
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  1. CHAPTER THIRTEEN: Notes on Presidential Reality Testing
  2. pp. 274-300
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  1. Sources Consulted
  2. pp. 301-312
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 313-331
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