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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
Aug 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics, college
At UMBC I had to write a book review in my 'Vietnam" class. My professor was less than thrilled when I chose Chomsky.
Karolina
Feb 17, 2012 rated it liked it
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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Gerard Costello
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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Carlos Blancas
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Classic Chomsky. Lays waste to the notion (popular among leftist conspiracy theorists) that Kennedy was a secret dove hemmed in by hawks, thus necessitating his removal from power. In reality, as Chomsky thoroughly documents, the "liberal" Kennedy was as pro-war as any psycho right winger. By the time he got his head blown off in Dallas by a lone-wolf Marxist assassin named Oswald (which is what happened, sorry folks), Kennedy had willingly escalated the war beyond any intent to withdraw. Essent ...more
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.
Geo Forman
Reviews and dispels the notion that JFK was assassinated because he was about to deescalate and pull out of Viet Nam.
This is basically a counter historical study using various governmental documents along with other documents supporting the author's thesis.

Rather too detailed and redundant for a casual reader. I chose not to finish.
Charles Davis
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Chomsky conclusively demonstrates that, contra Oliver Stone and liberal revisionists, JFK was a Cold War hawk who had no secret plan to get out of Vietnam or take on the military-industrial complex. A+. Would read again.
KEITH
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics, history
As always, Chomsky's scholarship is first-rate.
Martin
Nov 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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In the light of our own privileges, we can tell and retell any stories.
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Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer. He is an Institute Professor and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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