Vietnam:: The (Last) War the U.S. Lost

As the United States now faces a major defeat in its occupation of Iraq, the history of the Vietnam War, as a historic blunder for US military forces abroad, and the true story of how it was stopped, take on a fresh importance Unlike most books on the topic, constructed as specialized academic studies, The Last War the United States Lost examines the lessons of the VietAs the United States now faces a major defeat in its occupation of Iraq, the history of the Vietnam War, as a historic blunder for US military forces abroad, and the true story of how it was stopped, take on a fresh importance Unlike most books on the topic, constructed as specialized academic studies, The Last War the United States Lost examines the lessons of the Vietnam era with Joe Allen s eye of both a dedicated historian and an engaged participant in today s antiwar movement.Many damaging myths about the Vietnam era persist, including the accusations that antiwar activists routinely jeered and spat at returning soldiers or that the war finally ended because Congress cut off its funding Writing in a clear and accessible style, Allen reclaims the stories of the courageous GI revolt its dynamic relationship with the civil rights movement and the peace movement the development of coffee houses where these groups came to speak out, debate, and organize and the struggles waged throughout barracks, bases, and military prisons to challenge the rule of military command.Allen s analysis of the US failure in Vietnam is also the story of the hubris of US imperial overreach, a new chapter of which is unfolding in the Middle East today.Joe Allen is a regular contributor to the International Socialist Review and a longstanding social justice fighter, involved in the ongoing struggles for labor, the abolition of the death penalty, and to free the political prisoner Gary Tyler.
Vietnam The Last War the U S Lost As the United States now faces a major defeat in its occupation of Iraq the history of the Vietnam War as a historic blunder for US military forces abroad and the true story of how it was stopped

  • Title: Vietnam:: The (Last) War the U.S. Lost
  • Author: Joe Allen John Pilger
  • ISBN: 9781931859493
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Vietnam:: The (Last) War the U.S. Lost”

    1. As the disaster in Iraq continued to be compared with Vietnam, Allen set out to illuminate the history of that conflict, having been obscured by time and distorted by decades of pop culture and political propaganda. Even if you think you know all about it, this book should be read.By no means exhaustive, this is still a cogent, clear-eyed account that includes the history of colonization in Vietnam and tracks the U.S. involvement since the end of World War II. It examines the results of the war [...]

    2. Joe Allen's brief summation of the U.S. war in Vietnam is an excellent and compact history of both the U.S. war of aggression, as well as the domestic revolution that occurred at home. With excellent precision and historical breadth Allen reviews the context of French colonialism in Vietnam, followed by the US' multiple attempts to reclaim the former colony, namely military funding and support, followed by an air invasion, followed by the full-scale deployment of troops. Allen traces the web of [...]

    3. This book highlights what were the major questions, movements, conflicts in the U.S. involved in the build up to the Anti-Vietnam War Movement. It brings into view the debates of Black Civil Rights and Liberation groups, Unions and the Left in relationship to war. It addresses the three key elements that forced the US out of Vietnam: the resistance of the courageous Vietnamese, the anti-war movement in the US and the courageous and suppressed rebellion of soldiers against US military command. Mo [...]

    4. Based on me throwing a lot of questions to my husband while reading this book, it is accurate and very informative for those of us who were not there. I learned a lot about the US Government, the good and the bad.

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