The War Within: America's Battle over Vietnam

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The War Within: America's Battle over Vietnam

By Tom Wells
University of California Press, 1994
706 pp. $30.00

A history of the antiwar movement by a Berkeley-trained sociologist and activist, The War Within features painstaking research and an impressive breadth of coverage. Tom Wells' interviews range from David Dellinger and Daniel Ellsberg to Dean Rusk and William Westmoreland. The writing is excellent, the images are vivid, the quotations take us back to the intensity of emotion created by the war. Wells' conclusion is that the antiwar movement "played a major role in restricting, de-escalating and ending the war." My conclusion is that the movement delayed the end of the war. This will be argued about for a long time to come. Wells makes the best case yet for his point of view.

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