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Embers Of War by Fredrik Logevall
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Sep 08, 2012

it was amazing
Read from August 25 to September 08, 2012

This book is fascinating. How many of we Americans knew that Ho Chi Minh had tried to see President Wilson in Paris in 1919 to try to get the USA to help Vietnam gain her independence from France? My guess is not many. Professor Logevall leads us through the history of Ho Chi Minh and his attempts to gain freedom from Vietnam's colonial ruler, shows us how it may have been much different had Roosevelt lived, and takes us through Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson administrations as no one else has. Anybody who desires any knowledge of national security policy decision making and quagmires should read this.
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