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Rethinking Camelot: JFK, the Vietnam War and US Political Culture

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This book is a thorough analysis of John F. Kennedy's role in the U.S. invsion of Vietnam and a probing reflection of the elite political culture that allowed and ecouraged the Cold War.
Paperback, 172 pages
Published April 12th 1993 by South End Press
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Adria Irene
At UMBC I had to write a book review in my 'Vietnam" class. My professor was less than thrilled when I chose Chomsky.
Gerard Costello
This book was my introduction to Chomsky. He proves through simple yet extensive research (detailed continuously in the book) that the myth of JFK the peacemongering saint is nonsense. He also writes very interestingly about how Vietnam fit into the post WWII American view of how the world should be ordered. Chomsky's writing style is direct, eloquent and easy to understand.
Anyone who has watched a bullshit movie or TV show about Kennedy really needs to read this book. While the fairytale narr
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Karolina
American political culture has this tendency to deify old leaders. George Washington couldn't tell a lie, Reagan singlehandedly ended the Cold War, etc. The same goes for JFK, the king of the court at "Camelot" and the big "what if" martyr of American foreign policy. Chomsky does much to shatter that myth.

The focus of the book is the popularly-held view of JFK as the one who didn't want to escalate the American commitment in Vietnam, but who wanted to withdraw as soon as possible. As Chomsky po
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Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
A look at the mythology of JFK and his stances on escalation and withdrawal during the vietnam war; chomsky demolishes revisionist histories by JFK liberal elites and talks about the film by Oliver Stone--JFK. A little out of loop as a lot of the names are people i am not familiar with due to my age--but then some i do recognize. A solid critique and quick read.
Martin
Chomsky obliterates the liberal view of Kennedy as a humanitarian seeker of peace. If there is one book that I would choose for liberal to read, it would be this.
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