By Seth Jacobs
A diplomatic and cultural historical past, America’s Miracle guy in Vietnam attracts on executive files, presidential libraries, deepest papers, novels, newspapers, magazines, videos, and tv and radio declares. Jacobs exhibits intimately how, within the Nineteen Fifties, U.S. policymakers conceived of chilly warfare anticommunism as a campaign within which american citizens had to mix with fellow Judeo-Christians opposed to an adversary harmful as a lot for its atheism as for its army may possibly. He describes how racist assumptions that Asians have been culturally unready for democratic self-government predisposed american citizens to excuse Diem’s dictatorship as worthwhile in “the Orient.” by means of focusing cognizance at the position of yankee non secular and racial ideologies, Jacobs makes an important contribution to our knowing of the disastrous dedication of the USA to “sink or swim with Ngo Dinh Diem.”
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