History. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2000.
As titled this is a short, narrative, history of America’s war effort in
Vietnam. The author brieﬂy examines the origins, the war itself, and
the eventual outcome. The failures of ﬁve administrations are
examined but the author concludes that ‘‘each of the American
presidents involved made the correct decision to avoid a direct confrontation with the Sino-Soviet bloc over Indochina.’’ The fear
being of escalating what was conﬁned to a regional conﬂict into a
possible global war.