Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "In his comprehensive examination of Walt Rostow's role in Vietnam decision making, David Milne adds a valuable and nuanced perspective on the questions of how and why Vietnam became an American war and what went wrong there. America's Rasputin is a well researched and critical yet sensitive treatment of an exceptional man who wielded significant influence in the Lyndon Johnson Administration during a critical phase of the Vietnam War." H.R. McMaster, author of Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies that Led to Vietnam "America's Rasputin is a splendid book, beautifully written, persuasively argued, and deeply researched. Milne's cautionary tale of ideas and idealism taken to their extremes is as historically important as it is currently relevant. Our understanding of the Vietnam Warand of American foreign policy in generalis greatly enhanced by this book." Andrew Preston, author of The War Council "David Milne has given us an absorbing history of the rise to power of Walt Rostow and his disastrous impact on US foreign policy. The first civilian to advise Kennedy to deploy combat troops to South Vietnam and the first to urge bombing the North, Rostow was a true ideologue who believed an American version of democracy could be exported to other countriesif necessary by force. An American Rasputinas Averrell Harriman described himwho refused to admit the limits of American power, Rostow helped bring about the worst military defeat in American history. The parallels with the present timewhen America faces an even worse disaster in Iraqare clear. A book that vividly illuminates the dangers of ideology in foreign policy, America's Rasputin could not be more timely." John Gray, author of Black Mass "Insightful . . .Milne skillfully demonstrates that Rostow had very little understanding of Southeast Asian political or cultural history, and was analytically deficient in perceiving the conflict as a nationalist civil war first . . . Milne's prose is very readable, and absent of jargon. He takes what could be a complicated subject, and presents it clearly. The work is well documented . . . America's Rasputin belongs on the shelf of all university libraries, as well as any scholar or instructor of the period, especially those who teach the Vietnam War." Richard Verrone, H-Net Reviews "Well written, meticulously researched, and robustly argued . . . America's Rasputin is a signal achievement. Henceforth, it will serve as the starting point for all wishing to do additional study on this man and the Vietnam War, particularly in relation to the air war against North Vietnam." John M. Carland, The Journal of Military History. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Inhaltsangabe: Walt Rostow's meteoric rise to power--from Flatbush, Brooklyn, to the West Wing of the White House--seemed to capture the promise of the American dream. Hailing from humble origins, Rostow became an intellectual powerhouse: a professor of economic history at MIT and an influential foreign policy adviser to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Too influential, according to some. While Rostow inspired respect and affection, he also made some powerful enemies. Averell Harriman, one of America's most celebrated diplomats, described Rostow as "America's Rasputin" for the unsavory influence he exerted on presidential decision-making. Rostow was the first to advise Kennedy to send U.S. combat troops to South Vietnam and the first to recommend the bombing of North Vietnam. He framed a policy of military escalation, championed recklessly optimistic reporting, and then advised LBJ against pursuing a compromise peace with North Vietnam. David Milne examines one man's impact on the United States' worst-ever military defeat. It is a portrait of good intentions and fatal misjudgments. A true ideologue, Rostow believed that it is beholden upon the United States to democratize other nations and do "good," no matter what the cost. America's Rasputin explores the consequences of this idealistic but unyielding dogma.
About the Author: David Milne is a lecturer in American politics at the University of East Anglia. This is his first book.
Buchbeschreibung Hill and Wang, 2008. Buchzustand: Good. 1 Edition. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP8778200
Buchbeschreibung Hill and Wang, 2008. Buchzustand: Good. 1 Edition. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GRP7687063
Buchbeschreibung Hill and Wang, 2008. Buchzustand: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2783849902
Buchbeschreibung Paperback. Buchzustand: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Buchnummer des Verkäufers GOR008367037
Buchbeschreibung Hill and Wang, 2008. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Used: Acceptable. Buchnummer des Verkäufers SONG0374103860
Buchbeschreibung Buchzustand: Good. Book Condition: Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 97803741038664.0
Buchbeschreibung Hill & Wang, New York, USA, 2008. Soft cover. Buchzustand: Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Published by Hill and Wang of New York, USA in 2008. Soft cover, so no Dust Jacket. 1st edition, 1st impression in this format. See inside number sequence "1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2." Book condition: Fair to Good. Cover and inside pages are in a good condition except for one of the 1st inside pages has been torn and the top of the eighth of the page is missing. Additionally the former owner of the book has written notes on the rear pages of the book and has underscored certain text within the book. See photograph. Dims: 210mm x 135mm x 20mm. 320 pages. The book tells the role Walt Rostow played in President Johnson's administration in relation to the Vietnam War. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 003706
Buchbeschreibung Hill and Wang, 2008. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Used: Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 14035277
Buchbeschreibung Hill and Wang, 2008. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. book. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 0374103860
Buchbeschreibung Hill and Wang, 2008. Hardcover. Buchzustand: Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P020374103860