History. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2000.

191 pp.

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.