12 Vietnam in Retrospect

Remembrance at the Wall

Remembrance at the Wall

The Vietnam war impacted American political, social, and military affairs. American wars are judged and compared with Vietnam as a yardstick. “No more Vietnams” has impacted American national security policy-making. In the wake of Operation Desert Storm, a relieved President President George H.W. Bush famously remarked we “beat the Vietnam syndrome.”

Required Reading

  • Herring, George C. America’s Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975. New York: Wiley, 1979. Chapter 8: “The ‘Post-War War and the Legacy of Vietnam” (pp 257-282)

Book Reviews:

  • Neu, Charles E. After Vietnam: Legacies of a Lost War. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.
  • Shafer, D. Michael. The Legacy. Beacon Press, 1992.

Additional Resources


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