Backfire: A History of How American Culture Led Us Into Vietnam and Made Us Fight the Way We Did
"The first full-length and scholarly account of why we got into Vietnam in the first place, why we fought as barbarously as the Japanese in Manchuria or the Germans in Poland, and why we deserved to lose it -- indeed why we did have to lose it if we were to find any kind of ultimate peace." -- Henry Steele Commager, Amherst College
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Solipsism is the fallacy of treating the external world as nonexistent -- or, in this case, of assuming that the rest of the world is exactly like the United States and desires to conform to its wishes -- as if every person is an American waiting to happen. American leaders and citizens failed to appreciate that the Vietnamese might ...more