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The War Council

McGeorge Bundy, the NSC, and Vietnam

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$30.50 • £24.95 • €27.50

ISBN 9780674046320

Publication Date: 04/10/2010

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336 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Mentor: Henry L. Stimson’s Influence on Bundy
  • 2. A Foreign Office in Microcosm: Creating the National Security Adviser and Recreating the NSC Staff
  • 3. Learning to Fear the Bomb: Kennedy’s Crises and the Origins of Détente
  • 4. The Hawk: Walt Rostow and the First Attempt at Americanization
  • 5. The Soft Hawk: Michael Forrestal and Non-Military Escalation
  • 6. Bundy the Adviser: The Drift to War
  • 7. Bundy the Advocate: The Rush to War
  • 8. Bundy Ambivalent: Rolling Thunder, Student Unrest, and the Decision to Commit Troops
  • 9. Bundy Resilient: The Bombing Pause and the Continuing Search for a Successful Policy
  • Epilogue: Legacies
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Bibliography of Primary Sources
  • Index

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