Ending the Vietnam War

A History of America's Involvement in and Extrication from the Vietnam War

Henry A. Kissinger

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Many other authors have written about what they thought happened -- or thought should have happened -- in Vietnam, but it was Henry Kissinger who was there at the epicenter, involved in every decision from the long, frustrating negotiations with the North Vietnamese delegation to America's eventual extrication from the war. Now, for the first time, Kissinger gives us in a single volume an in-depth, inside view of the Vietnam War, personally collected, annotated, revised, and updated from his bestselling memoirs and his book Diplomacy.

Here, Kissinger writes with firm, precise knowledge, supported by meticulous documentation that includes his own memoranda to and replies from President Nixon. He tells about the tragedy of Cambodia, the collateral negotiations with the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China, the disagreements within the Nixon and Ford administrations, the details of all negotiations in which he was involved, the domestic unrest and protest in the States, and the day-to-day military to diplomatic realities of the war as it reached the White House. As compelling and exciting as Barbara Tuchman's The Guns of August, Ending the Vietnam War also reveals insights about the bigger-than-life personalities -- Johnson, Nixon, de Gaulle, Ho Chi Minh, Brezhnev -- who were caught up in a war that forever changed international relations. This is history on a grand scale, and a book of overwhelming importance to the public record.

Henry Kissinger Reading Line: Taken from his bestselling memoirs with new and updated material


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Erscheinungsdatum 04.02.2003
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9780743245777
Verlag Simon + Schuster
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  • ContentsForeword1. America's Entry into the Morass (1950-1969)2. Evolution of a StrategyWhat the Nixon Administration Found . Groping for a Strategy: The North Vietnamese Offensive and the Bombing of Cambodia . Attempts at a Diplomatic Outcome . Peace Initiatives . The Beginning of Troop Withdrawals . A Secret Meeting . Another Reassessment . The Unpacifiable Doves . A Strategy Emerges3. Secret Negotiations and a Widening WarThe Secret Negotiations . Special Advisor Le Duc Tho and the First Round of Talks . Laos Interlude . The Overthrow of Sihanouk . Another Major Troop Withdrawal . The Attack on North Vietnamese Sanctuaries . The Cambodian Incursion . The Domestic Travail . The Balance Sheet4. Diplomacy and Strategy: From a Cease-fire Proposal to the Interdiction of the Ho Chi Minh TrailMadame Binh's Eight Points . The Setting of a Strategy . The Laos Operation . Lam Son 719: The Military Operation . Braving Domestic Opposition . The Negotiations Are Resumed . The South Vietnamese Presidential Election . Revealing the Secret Talks5. Hanoi Throws the Dice: The Vietnam Spring OffensiveDiplomatic Maneuvers . What Strategy?6. The ShowdownThe May 2 Secret Meeting . The Mining and Bombing of North Vietnam . The Summit in the Balance7. From Stalemate to BreakthroughTesting the Stalemate . A Visit to Saigon . Interlude: Meetings of September 15 and 27 . The Breakthrough: The October 8 Meeting8. The Troubled Road to PeaceInterlude in Paris . Consultation with Thieu . Rumblings . Showdown with Thieu . The Journey Home9. "Peace Is at Hand"Election Interlude . Haig Visits Saigon Again . The Meetings with Le Duc Tho Resume . The Breakdown of the Negotiations . The Christmas Bombing . Negotiations Resume . The January Round of Negotiations . Thieu Relents . Peace at Last . Postlude10. A Visit to Hanoi11. Enforcement and AidThe Thieu Visit . Watergate and Enforcement . The Search for Peace in Cambodia . The Aborted Chinese Mediation . The Negotiations Unravel12. Ford and VietnamThe Strangulation of South Vietnam . Hanoi Resumes the Offensive . The End of the Road13. The Collapse of CambodiaThe Myth of the Failure to Negotiate on Cambodia . The Final Collapse . Final Note14. The End of VietnamThe Debate over Evacuation . The Search for a Political Solution . The Evacuation . The Last DayEpilogueAcknowledgmentsAppendixNotesIndex