Year of the hawk : America's descent into Vietnam, 1965

by Warren, James A.,

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From a celebrated military historian, a powerful, "highly recommended" ( Library Journal , starred review) account of the most pivotal year of the Vietnam War--the cataclysm that "continues to haunt American politics and culture" ( Publishers Weekly ).

The Vietnam War was the greatest disaster in the history of American foreign policy. The conflict shook the nation to its foundations, exacerbating already deep cleavages in American society, and left the country baffled and ambivalent about its role in the world. Year of the Hawk is a military and political history of the war in Vietnam during 1965--the pivotal first year of the American conflict, when the United States decided to intervene directly with combat units in a struggle between communist and pro-Western forces in South Vietnam that had raged on and off for twenty years.

By December 1965, a powerful communist offensive had been turned back, and the US Army had prevailed in one of the most dramatic battles in American military history, but nonetheless there were many signs and portents that US involvement would soon slide toward the tipping point of tragedy. Vividly interweaving events in the US capital with action in Southeast Asia, historian James A. Warren explores the mindsets and strategies of the adversaries and concludes that, in the end, Washington was not so much outfought in Vietnam as outthought by revolutionaries pursuing a brilliant, protracted war strategy. Based on new research, Year of the Hawk offers fresh insight into how a nationalist movement led by communists in a small country defeated the most powerful nation on earth and is "a well-researched overview of how America got into Vietnam--and why it shouldn't have" ( Kirkus Reviews ).
Introduction: America in 1965
Prologue: Strange landing, strange war
part I. Backstory, crucial decisions, and strategies: Vietnam's struggle against French colonialism ; The origins of America's war ; Washington : the complicated politics of escalation ; Creeping toward major war ; Hanoi goes for broke
part II. The fighting on different fronts: Marines at war ; The big buildup and the "other war" ; The air war and the Ho Chi Minh Trail ; Domestic politics and the antiwar movement ; The big fight in the central highlands
part III. Looking back: Aftermath ; Reflections.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Historian Warren (God, War, and Providence) delivers a solid study of the Vietnam War focused on the rapid escalation of the conflict beginning in 1965. Drawing largely on memoirs and secondary sources, Warren details the history of Vietnamese resistance to French colonial rule, the U.S. government's decision to support France's war against communist insurgents in the 1950s, President Lyndon Johnson's fears that the fall of Saigon would severely damage "American prestige" and his own reputation, and the rise of an American antiwar movement that saw the conflict as "an inherently immoral, inhumane enterprise." He suggests that the war may have been unwinnable, but blames Gen. William Westmoreland's resistance to counterinsurgency tactics in favor of "big-unit search-and-destroy operations," and the South Vietnamese government's "fractiousness and dysfunction," for dooming any chance of victory. Warren also stresses that American and South Vietnamese political and military leaders never gave the Vietnamese people a palatable alternative to Ho Chi Minh's brand of nationalism, which offered "both unity and freedom from foreign domination." Though Warren treads familiar ground, he lucidly explains the origins and "strategic blunders" of the Vietnam War. This is a worthy introduction to a conflict that continues to haunt American politics and culture. Agent: John F. Thornton, the Spieler Agency. (Nov.)"
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Subjects Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- United States.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Vietnam.
Vietnam -- Foreign relations -- United States.
Publisher New York, NY :Scribner,2021
Edition First Scribner hardcover edition.
Other Titles America's descent into Vietnam, 1965
Language English
Description x, 304 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations, 1 map ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-288) and index.
ISBN 9781982122942
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