By Brian VanDeMark
Into the Quagmire provides a heavily rendered, virtually daily account of America's deepening involvement in Vietnam in the course of these the most important 9 months. Mining a wealth of lately opened fabric on the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and in different places, Brian VanDeMark vividly depicts the painful unfolding of a countrywide tragedy. We meet an LBJ perpetually terrified of a conservative backlash, which he felt might doom his nice Society, an uncertain and bothered chief grappling with the undesirable burden of Vietnam; George Ball, a maverick on Vietnam, whose rigorously reasoned (and, looking back, strikingly prescient) stand opposed to escalation was once discounted via Rusk, McNamara, and Bundy; and Clark Clifford, whose last-minute attempt at a pivotal assembly at Camp David did not dissuade Johnson from doubling the variety of floor troops in Vietnam. What comes throughout strongly during the booklet is the deep pessimism of the entire significant individuals as issues grew worse--neither LBJ, nor Bundy, nor McNamara, nor Rusk felt convinced that issues may enhance in South Vietnam, that there has been any moderate likelihood for victory, or that the South had the need or the facility to succeed opposed to the North. And but deeper into the quagmire they went.
Whether describing a annoying disagreement among George Ball and Dean Acheson ("You goddamned previous bastards," Ball acknowledged to Acheson, "you take me back to the fact of not anything quite a bit as a number of buzzards sitting on a fence and letting the younger males die") or corrupt politicians in Saigon, VanDeMark offers readers with the whole taste of nationwide coverage within the making. extra vital, he sheds higher gentle on why the US turned entangled within the morass of Vietnam.
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