Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of by Fredrik Logevall

By Fredrik Logevall

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The fight for Vietnam occupies a critical position within the background of the 20 th century. Fought over a interval of 3 many years, the clash drew in all of the world's powers and observed of them--first France, then the United States--attempt to subdue the progressive Vietnamese forces. For France, the defeat marked the powerful finish of her colonial empire, whereas for the US the conflict left a gaping wound within the physique politic that continues to be open to this day.

How did it ensue? Tapping into newly available diplomatic records in numerous countries and making complete use of the broadcast literature, special pupil Fredrik Logevall strains the trail that led Western international locations to lose their method in Vietnam. Embers of conflict opens in 1919 on the Versailles Peace convention, the place a tender Ho Chi Minh attempts to convey a petition for Vietnamese independence to President Woodrow Wilson. It concludes in 1959, with a Viet Cong ambush on an outpost outdoors Saigon and the deaths of 2 American officials whose names may be the first to be carved into the black granite of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In among come years of political, army, and diplomatic maneuvering and miscalculation, as leaders on each side embark on a sequence of stumbles that makes an eminently avoidable fight a bloody and interminable reality.

Logevall takes us contained in the councils of war--and provides us a seat on the convention tables the place peace talks founder. He brings to lifestyles the bloodiest battles of France's ultimate years in Indochina--and indicates how from an early aspect, a succession of yank leaders made disastrous coverage offerings that positioned the US by itself collision direction with heritage: Harry Truman's fateful choice to opposite Franklin Delano Roosevelt's coverage and recognize France's correct to come back to Indochina after international warfare II; Dwight Eisenhower's strenuous efforts to maintain Paris within the struggle and his escalation of U.S. involvement within the aftermath of the humiliating French defeat at Dien Bien Phu; and the curious turnaround in Senator John F. Kennedy's considering that may lead him as president to extend that dedication, regardless of his publicly said misgivings approximately Western intervention in Southeast Asia.

An epic tale of wasted possibilities and tragic miscalculations, that includes a rare forged of larger-than-life characters, Embers of struggle delves deep into the old checklist to supply difficult solutions to the unanswered questions surrounding the dying of 1 Western strength in Vietnam and the arriving of one other. This publication becomes the definitive chronicle of the struggle's origins for years to come.

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"Fredrik Logevall has gleaned from American, French, and Vietnamese assets a excellent account of France's nine-year warfare in Indochina and the tale of ways the yankee statesmen of the interval allowed this nation to be drawn into the quagmire."--Neil Sheehan, writer of A vivid Shining Lie, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the nationwide booklet Award

"Fredrik Logevall is an excellent author and historian. In his new publication at the origins of the yank conflict in Vietnam, he offers a desirable and dramatic account of the French warfare and its aftermath, from the views of the French, the Vietnamese, and the american citizens. utilizing formerly untapped resources and a deep wisdom of diplomatic background, Logevall exhibits to devastating influence how the USA stumbled on itself at the highway to Vietnam."--Frances FitzGerald, writer of fireplace within the Lake, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and...

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