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Intervention: How America Became Involved in Vietnam
Intervention: How America Became Involved in Vietnam
By George McT. Kahin
Knopf, 1986, 576 pp
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We are seeing a revival of interest in the Vietnam War and the appearance of some pathbreaking historical work. This study of the years 1954-1966 is one of the best, because of the way it illuminates the political culture of South Vietnam. Professor Kahin's tragic heroes are the Vietnamese Buddhists. He argues that the brutal destruction of their political power by the Diem regime, with American acquiescence, ended all hope of a viable middle between the reactionaries of Saigon and the communists.