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Writing History and Making Policy: The Cold War, Vietnam, and Revisionism
Writing History and Making Policy: The Cold War, Vietnam, and Revisionism
By Richard A. Melanson
University Press of America, 1983, 283 pp

An interesting study of ways in which historians of 20th century American foreign policy have sought to influence policy and of how policymakers, in turn, incorporate historical assumptions in their work. The author uses the Carter Administration as a case study, and for that purpose interviewed two dozen former officials in 1981. He concludes that the Carter Administration applied "the lessons of Vietnam" no more effectively than the earlier cold warriors applied "the lessons of Munich."