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

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

Henry A. Kissinger

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The Definitive Account

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 was the fifty-sixth Secretary of State. Born in Germany, Dr. Kissinger came to the United States in 1938 and was naturalized a US citizen in 1943. He served in the US Army and attended Harvard University, where he later became a member of the faculty. Among the awards he has received are the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Medal of Liberty. Dr. Kissinger is currently Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm.


Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 640
Erscheinungsdatum 01.02.2003
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-7432-1532-9
Verlag Simon & Schuster N.Y.
Maße (L/B/H) 22.9/15.2/3.7 cm
Gewicht 762 g


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    1. America's Entry into the Morass (1950-1969)

    2. Evolution of a Strategy

    What 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 Emerges

    3. Secret Negotiations and a Widening War

    The 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 Sheet

    4. Diplomacy and Strategy: From a Cease-fire Proposal to the Interdiction of the Ho Chi Minh Trail

    Madame 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 Talks

    5. Hanoi Throws the Dice: The Vietnam Spring Offensive

    Diplomatic Maneuvers • What Strategy?

    6. The Showdown

    The May 2 Secret Meeting • The Mining and Bombing of North Vietnam • The Summit in the Balance

    7. From Stalemate to Breakthrough

    Testing the Stalemate • A Visit to Saigon • Interlude: Meetings of September 15 and 27 • The Breakthrough: The October 8 Meeting

    8. The Troubled Road to Peace

    Interlude in Paris • Consultation with Thieu • Rumblings • Showdown with Thieu • The Journey Home

    9. "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 • Postlude

    10. A Visit to Hanoi

    11. Enforcement and Aid

    The Thieu Visit • Watergate and Enforcement • The Search for Peace in Cambodia • The Aborted Chinese Mediation • The Negotiations Unravel

    12. Ford and Vietnam

    The Strangulation of South Vietnam • Hanoi Resumes the Offensive • The End of the Road

    13. The Collapse of Cambodia

    The Myth of the Failure to Negotiate on Cambodia • The Final Collapse • Final Note

    14. The End of Vietnamar

    The Debate over Evacuation • The Search for a Political Solution • The Evacuation • The Last Day