- Why did the US become involved in Vietnam?
- Why did the Johnson administration 'Americanise' the war?
- Why did Vietnam become a military 'quagmire'?
- What were the economic consequences of the war?
- How does Vietnam relate to Cold War politics?
- How was the Vietnam war remembered in film and fiction?
Major Problems in American History, Volume II: Since 1865
Chapter Fourteen, "Vietnam and the Downfall of Presidents", pp. 427-461.
This Week's Reading
Fredrik Logeval "Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam" (2004)
George C. Herring, ‘Vietnam Remembered’, Journal of American History, 73:1 (1986), pp. 152-164.
Mitchell Lerner "Vietnam and the 1964 Election: A Defense of Lyndon Johnson" (1995)
David Card, Going to College to Avoid the Draft: The Unintended Legacy of the Vietnam War (2001)
LBJ speech on Vietnam and his decision not to seek re-election, 31 March 1968: www.lbjlibrary.org/collections/selected-speeches/1968-january-1969/03-31-1968.html
The Columbia History of the Vietnam War. Ed. by David L. Anderson. (2011)
Charles DeBenedetti and Charles Chatfield, An American Ordeal: The Antiwar Movement of the Vietnam Era (1990)
Robert Buzzanco, Vietnam and the Transformation of American Life (1999)
Mitchell Hall, The Vietnam War (2000)
Kenneth J. Heineman, Campus Wars: the Peace Movement at American State Universities in theVietnam Era (1993)
Robert J. McMahon, Major Problems in the History of the Vietnam War: Documents and Essays (1995 edn.)
Peter Lowe (ed), The Vietnam War (1998)
Melvin Small and William D. Hoover (eds), Give Peace a Chance: Exploring the Vietnam Antiwar Movement (1994)
Gilbert Adair, Hollywood’s Vietnam (1989)
Mark Baker, Nam: the Vietnam War in the Words of the Men and Women who Fought There (1982)
David M. Barrett, Uncertain Warriors: Lyndon Johnson and his Vietnam Advisers (1993)
Larry Berman, Lyndon Johnson’s War (1989)
Larry Berman, Planning a Tragedy: the Americanisation of the War in Vietnam (1982)
Philip Caputo, A Rumor of War (1991 edn.)
Frances Fitzgerald, Fire in the Lake: the Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam (1972)
Gerard J. De Groot, A Noble Cause? America and the Vietnam War (1999)
David Halberstam, The Best and the Brightest (1972)
Joe Hagan, Northern Passage: American Vietnam War Resisters in Canada (2001)
J. Hellman, American Myth and the legacy of Vietnam (1986);
Michael Herr, Dispatches (1968)
George C. Herring, America’s Longest War: The US and Vietnam, 1950-75 (2002 edn.)
Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, Peace Now! American Society and the ending of the Vietnam War (1999)
David Kaiser, American Tragedy: Kennedy, Johnson, and the Origins of the Vietnam War (2000)
Stanley Karnow, Vietnam: A History (1994 edn.)
Guenter Lewy, America in Vietnam (1978)
Tim O’Brien, If I Die in a Combat Zone (1973)
John Clark Pratt, Vietnam Voices: Perspectives on the war years, 1941-82 (1984)
Randy Roberts and Jim Olson, My Lai: a brief history with documents (1998)
William Shawcross, Sideshow: Kissinger, Nixon and the Destruction of Cambodia (1979)
Neil Sheehan, A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam (1988)
Wallace Terry, Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans (1984)
Brian VanDeMark, Into the Quagmire: Lyndon Johnson and the Escalation of The Vietnam War (1991)
A.L. Walsh, Tell me lies about Vietnam: cultural battles over the meaning of the war (1988)
Randall B. Woods, Vietnam and the American Political Tradition: The Politics of Dissent (2003)
John Hellmann, ‘Vietnam and the Hollywood Genre Film: Inversions of American Mythology in the Deer Hunter and Apocalypse Now’, American Quarterly, 34,:4 (1982), pp. 418-439
Penelope Adams Moon, ‘Peace on Earth-peace in Vietnam: The Catholic Peace Fellowship and Antiwar Witness, 1964-1976’ Journal of Social History, 36:4 (2003)
Peter C. Rollins, ‘The Vietnam War: Perceptions Through Literature, Film, and Television’, American Quarterly, 36:3 (1984), 419-432
Randall Bennett Woods, ‘Dixie's Dove: J. William Fulbright, The Vietnam War and the American South’, Journal of Southern History, 60:3 (Aug 1994), 533-552.
http://www.vwip.org/ (The Vietnam War Internet Project)