At a glance:
- Author: David Kaiser
- First Published: 2000
- Type of Work: History
- Time of Work: 1954-1975
- Setting: Southeast Asia and the United States
- Characters: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Ngo Dinh Diem, Robert S. McNamara, Dean Rusk, McGeorge Bundy, George Ball, William Westmoreland, Frederick Nolting, Henry Cabot Lodge
- Genres: Nonfiction, History
- Subjects: 1950's, 1960's, 1970's, United States or Americans, Twentieth century, Vietnam War, Politicians, Presidents, Southeast Asia, Vietnam or Vietnamese people, Cold War
- Locales: United States, Southeast Asia
David Kaiser’s central argument is based on his interpretation that President John F. Kennedy would have avoided the insertion of American ground troops to fight Communist forces in South Vietnam. Kaiser’s American Tragedy is meticulously researched, based on nine years of study of now-declassified American policy documents. Kaiser documents extremely well the discussions and actions taken by American policy leaders, and the articulation of policy in numerous government documents. As Kaiser shows, frustration with Communist gains ultimately led to President Johnson’s...
(The entire page is 1814 words.)
Want to read the whole thing?
Subscribe now to read the rest of this article. Plus, get access to:
- 30,000+ literature study guides
- Critical essays on more than 30,000 works of literature from Salem on Literature (exclusive to eNotes)
- An unparalleled literary criticism section. 40,000 full-length or excerpted essays.
- Content from leading academic publishers, all easily citable with our "Cite this page" button.
- 100% satisfaction guarantee READ MORE