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Nemesis: Truman and Johnson in the Coils of War in Asia
Nemesis: Truman and Johnson in the Coils of War in Asia
By Robert J. Donovan
St. Martin's/Marek, 1984, 216 pp
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The distinguished chronicler of the Truman presidency describes the similar ways in which two presidents led the country into the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Although for the purposes of symmetry he may exaggerate the negative consequences of Korea, the moral of the story is sound enough: the use of military power to resolve political or ideological problems "is treacherous indeed."