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By Marvin Kalb,Deborah Kalb

ISBN-10: 081572389X

ISBN-13: 9780815723899

The usa had by no means misplaced a war—that is, until eventually 1975, whilst it was once pressured to escape Saigon in humiliation after wasting to what Lyndon Johnson known as a "raggedy-ass little fourth-rate country." The legacy of this primary defeat has haunted each president on the grounds that, particularly at the choice of no matter if to place "boots at the floor" and devote troops to war.

In Haunting Legacy, the father-daughter journalist group of Marvin Kalb and Deborah Kalb provides a compelling, available, and highly very important heritage of presidential decisionmaking on one an important factor: in mild of the Vietnam debacle, lower than what conditions may still the U.S. visit war?

The sobering lesson of Vietnam is that the U.S. isn't invincible—it can lose a war—and therefore it has to be extra discriminating concerning the use of yank strength. each president has confronted the ghosts of Vietnam in his personal means, although each one has been cautious of being sucked into one other unpopular battle. Ford (during the Mayaguez quandary) and either timber (Persian Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan) deployed substantial strength, as though to assert, "Vietnam, be damned." however, Carter, Clinton, and Reagan (to the shock of many) acted with severe warning, conscious of the Vietnam adventure. Obama has additionally wrestled with the Vietnam legacy, utilizing doses of yankee firepower in Libya whereas nonetheless engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The authors spent 5 years interviewing hundreds of thousands of officers from each put up conflict management and carrying out wide examine in presidential libraries and information, and they have produced perception and data by no means ahead of released. equivalent elements taut background, revealing biography, and cautionary story, Haunting Legacy is needs to examining for someone attempting to comprehend the ability of the earlier to steer war-and-peace judgements of the current, and of the future.

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