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This book provides the most detailed analysis yet of the failure of U.S. nation-building in the Vietnam War. In doing so, it demolishes the “better war” school of writing on the topic, which argues that the U.S. was successful in building a legitimate and viable non-Communist state in South Vietnam in the latter years of the war. Drawing on fresh archival collections and previously unseen oral histories with dozens of U.S. nation-builders, the book demonstrates that the U.S. never came close to achieving victory. The book’s narrative stretches from the offices in Washington in which policy was designed down into the villages in which it was implemented, providing the most comprehensive analysis yet of the largest and best-resourced nation-building program in U.S. history. Only by understanding and facing the reasons for this failure can we avoid repeating the tragic mistake of the Vietnam War again in the future.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Cover
  2. p. i
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  1. Half Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction: The Nation-Building Metaphor
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. 1 The Diem Years
  2. pp. 19-48
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  1. Introduction: The Nation-Building Metaphor
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  1. 2 The Johnson Administration and Nation Building
  2. pp. 49-65
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  1. 1. The Diem Years
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  1. 3 Setting Up CORDS
  2. pp. 66-93
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  1. 2. The Johnson Administration and Nation Building
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  1. 4 The “Opportunity”
  2. pp. 94-113
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  1. 3. Setting Up CORDS
  2. pp. 66-93
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  1. 5 The Nixon Administration and Nation Building
  2. pp. 114-128
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  1. 4. The “Opportunity”
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  1. 6 CORDS and the Village System
  2. pp. 129-148
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  1. 5. The Nixon Administration and Nation Building
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  1. 7 Implementing the Village System
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  1. 6. CORDS and the Village System
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  1. Conclusion: Humility and Nation Building
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  1. 7. Implementing the Village System
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  1. Abbreviations
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  1. Conclusion: Humility and Nation Building
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  1. Notes
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  1. Abbreviations
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Notes
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  1. Index
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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  1. Copyright
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501709456
Related ISBN
9781501712807
MARC Record
OCLC
1126001363
Pages
258
Launched on MUSE
2019-11-07
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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