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Prelude to Disaster: The American Role in Vietnam, 1940-1963
Prelude to Disaster: The American Role in Vietnam, 1940-1963
By Weldon A. Brown
Kennikat Press, 1975, 278 pp
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This survey, based almost exclusively on American sources, accepts and approves the official version of why the United States intervened in Vietnam, i.e. to thwart communist imperialism and protect freedom. The research for the earlier years is rather thin.