What did the United States hope to accomplish in Vietnam?
Why did the United States commit so many of the nation's resources to this region of the world?
How did a poorly armed guerilla army thwart the efforts of such a powerful nation?
These questions are addressed here as historian and educator Mitch Yamasaki presents a summary of the historical background of Vietnam, fifteen significant documents, and an examination of the major interpretations of U. S. involvement in this haunting war.
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