Book ID: CBB488916133

Reckless: Henry Kissinger and the Tragedy of Vietnam (2018)

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Robert K. Brigham (Author)


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Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 320
Language: English

The American war in Vietnam was concluded in 1973 after eight years of fighting, bloodshed, and loss. Yet the terms of the truce that ended the war were effectively identical to what had been offered to the Nixon administration four years earlier. Those four years cost America and Vietnam thousands of lives and billions of dollars, and they were the direct result of the supposed master plan of the most important voice in American foreign policy: Henry Kissinger. Using newly available archival material from the Nixon Presidential Library, Kissinger's personal papers, and material from the archives in Vietnam, Robert K. Brigham punctures the myth of Kissinger as an infallible mastermind. Instead, he constructs a portrait of a rash, opportunistic, and suggestible politician. It was personal political rivalries, the domestic political climate, and strategic confusion that drove Kissinger's actions. There was no great master plan or Bismarckian theory that supported how the US continued the war or conducted peace negotiations. Its length was doubled for nothing but the ego and poor judgment of a single figure. This distant tragedy, perpetuated by Kissinger's actions, forever changed both countries. Now, perhaps for the first time, we can see the full scale of that tragedy and the machinations that fed it.

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Authors & Contributors
Martini, Edwin A.
Flippen, J. Brooks
Bidgood, Sarah
Diego Barría Traverso
Edward Kaplan
Erica Levin
Journals
Cold War History
War and Society
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
History and Technology
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Publishers
Osprey Publishing
Georgetown University
University of New Mexico Press
University of Massachusetts Press
University of Chicago Press
University of California Press
Concepts
Vietnam War
Science and war; science and the military
Technology and war; technology and the military
Cold War
Military technology
Foreign policy
People
Nixon, Richard M.
Kissinger, Henry
Train, Russell Errol
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century
21st century
20th century, early
Places
United States
Vietnam
Soviet Union
Czechoslovakia
Cuba
Bulgaria
Institutions
United States National Security Council
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
United States. Environmental Protection Agency
United States Air Force (USAF)
Strategic Defense Initiative
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