Monday, December 03, 2018

FitzGerald, Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam (1972)

Frances FitzGerald.
Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1972.
New York: Back Bay Books / Little, Brown and Company (Hachette Book Group), 2002.

Book Information: Publisher; Pulitzer Prize 1973; Bancroft Prize 1973; National Book Award 1973; Wikipedia; Google Books; Amazon.com.

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Karnow, Vietnam: A History (1997)

Stanley Karnow.
Vietnam: A History, Second Revised and Updated Edition.
New York: Penguin Books, 1997.

Previous editions:
First Edition: New York: Viking Press, 1983.
Revised and Updated Edition: New York: Penguin Books, 1991.

Book Information: Publisher; Google Books; Amazon.com.

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Lectures in History, American History TV, C-SPAN.org.

Selected Lectures Related to the Vietnam War:~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Wikipedia Articles, etc.:~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  • Frederick Nolting (1911–1989), U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam, 1961–1963.
  • Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (1902–1985), U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, January 1947 – January 1953; U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, January 1953 – September 1960; U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam, August 1963 – June 1964 and August 1965 – April 1967.
  • Maxwell D. Taylor (1901–1987), Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, October 1962 – July 1964; U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam, July 1964 – July 1965.
  • Ellsworth Bunker (1894–1984), U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam, April 1967 – May 1973.
  • Graham Martin (1912–1990), U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam, September 1973 – May 1975.
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  • George Ball (1909–1994), Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, February – December 1961; Under Secretary of State, December 1961 – September 1966.
  • Roger Hilsman (1919–2014), Director of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (Department of State), February 1961 – April 1963; Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs, May 1963 – March 1964.
  • W. Averell Harriman (1891–1986), Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, December 1961 – April 1963; Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, April 1963 – March 1965.
  • William Bundy (1917–2000), Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, March 1964 – May 1969.
  • Nicholas Katzenbach (1922–2012), Attorney General, February 1965 – October 1966; Under Secretary of State, October 1966 – January 1969.
  • Paul M. Kattenburg (1922–2004), State Department. [Obituary, The Washington Post.]
  • John A. McCone (1902–1991), Under Secretary of the Air Force, June 1950 – October 1951; Chair of the Atomic Energy Commission, July 1958 – January 1961; Director of Central Intelligence, November 1961 – April 1965.
  • Clark Clifford (1906–1998), White House Counsel, February 1946 – January 1950; Chair of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board, April 1963 – February 1968; Secretary of Defense, March 1968 – January 1969.
  • John McNaughton (1921–1967), Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, 1964–1967.
  • Paul Warnke (1920–2001), Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, 1967 – 1969.
  • Paul Nitze (1907–2004), Director of Policy Planning at Department of State, 1950–1953; Secretary of the Navy, November 1963 – June 1967; Deputy Secretary of Defense, July 1967 – January 1969.
  • Walt Rostow (1916–2003), Deputy National Security Advisor, January 1961 – December 1961; Director of Policy Planning at Department of State, December 1961 – March 1966; National Security Advisor, April 1966 – January 1969.
  • Michael Forrestal (1927–1989), staff member of the National Security Council, 1962–1965.
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  • J. William Fulbright (1905–1995), U.S. Senator from Arkansas, January 1945 – December 1974; Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 1959–1974.
  • Mike Mansfield (1903–2001), U.S. Senator from Montana, January 1953 – January 1977; Senate Majority Leader, January 1961 – January 1977.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Halberstam, The Best and the Brightest (1972)

David Halberstam.
The Best and the Brightest.
New York: Ballantine Books (Random House), 1993.
First published: New York: Random House, 1972.

Book Information: Publisher; Wikipedia; Google Books; Amazon.com.

David Halberstam, "The very expensive education of McGeorge Bundy," Harper's Magazine, July 1969.

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Video: David Halberstam~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Some videos I included in my post for Halberstam's The Fifties (1993) follow below:~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Wikipedia Articles, etc.:~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  • United States in Vietnam
  • Role of the United States in the Vietnam War.
  • Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower: Foreign affairs, January 1953 – January 1961.
  • J. Lawton Collins (1896–1987), Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, August 1949 – August 1953; U.S. Special Representative in Vietnam, November 1954 – May 1955; Collins lobbied for the removal of Diem during March–May 1955.
  • Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG), MAAG Indochina, 1950; reorganized with creation of MAAG Vietnam, 01 November 1955.
  • Presidency of John F. Kennedy: Foreign affairs, January 1961 – November 1963.
  • John F. Kennedy, "Inaugural Address," 20 January 1961.
    Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project.
  • Foreign policy of the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • John F. Kennedy, "Commencement Address at American University in Washington," 10 June 1963.
    Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project.
  • Presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson: Foreign affairs, November 1963 – January 1969.
  • McGeorge Bundy (1919–1996), National Security Advisor, January 1961 – February 1966.
  • Robert McNamara (1916–2009), Secretary of Defense, January 1961 – February 1968.
  • Dean Rusk (1909–1994), Secretary of State, January 1961 – January 1969.
  • Chester Bowles (1901–1986), Under Secretary of State, January – December 1961.
  • George Ball (1909–1994), Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, February – December 1961; Under Secretary of State, December 1961 – September 1966.
  • John McNaughton (1921–1967), Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, 1964–1967.
  • Frederick Nolting (1911–1989), U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam, 1961–1963.
  • Edward Lansdale (1908–1987), U.S. Air Force; CIA officer.
  • Lucien Conein (1919–1998), U.S. Army; CIA officer.
  • Walt Rostow (1916–2003), Deputy National Security Advisor, January 1961 – December 1961; Director of Policy Planning at Department of State, December 1961 – March 1966; National Security Advisor, April 1966 – January 1969.
  • Maxwell D. Taylor (1901–1987), Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, October 1962 – July 1964; U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam, July 1964 – July 1965.
  • John A. McCone (1902–1991), Under Secretary of the Air Force, June 1950 – October 1951; Chair of the Atomic Energy Commission, July 1958 – January 1961; Director of Central Intelligence, November 1961 – April 1965.
  • Paul D. Harkins (1904–1984), Commander of Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV), 1962–1964.
  • John Paul Vann (1924–1972), U.S. Army.
  • Michael Forrestal (1927–1989), staff member of the National Security Council, 1962–1965.
  • W. Averell Harriman (1891–1986), Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, December 1961 – April 1963; Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, April 1963 – March 1965.
  • William Bundy (1917–2000), Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, March 1964 – May 1969.
  • Clark Clifford (1906–1998), White House Counsel, February 1946 – January 1950; Chair of the President's Intelligence Advisory Board, April 1963 – February 1968; Secretary of Defense, March 1968 – January 1969.
  • Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. (1902–1985), U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, January 1947 – January 1953; U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, January 1953 – September 1960; U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam, August 1963 – June 1964 and August 1965 – April 1967.
  • Roger Hilsman (1919–2014), Director of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (Department of State), February 1961 – April 1963; Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs, May 1963 – March 1964.
  • Paul Warnke (1920–2001), Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, 1967 – 1969.
  • Harry McPherson (1929–2012), White House Counsel, February 1966 – October 1967.
  • Paul Nitze (1907–2004), Director of Policy Planning at Department of State, 1950–1953; Secretary of the Navy, November 1963 – June 1967; Deputy Secretary of Defense, July 1967 – January 1969.
  • J. William Fulbright (1905–1995), U.S. Senator from Arkansas, January 1945 – December 1974; Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, 1959–1974.
  • William Westmoreland (1914–2005), Commander of Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV), June 1964 – 1968.
  • William E. DePuy (1919–1992), U.S. Army.
  • Ellsworth Bunker (1894–1984), U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam, April 1967 – May 1973.
  • Nicholas Katzenbach (1922–2012), Attorney General, February 1965 – October 1966; Under Secretary of State, October 1966 – January 1969.
  • Paul M. Kattenburg (1922–2004), State Department. [Obituary, The Washington Post.]
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In various ways The Best and the Brightest is a prequel to and a sequel to, but perhaps also the inverse or opposite of:~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~