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LBJ: As You've Never Heard Him
The War Bells Have Rung: The LBJ Tapes and the Americanization of the Vietnam War is a unique essay-length ebook that commemorates the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's decision to escalate the number of American troops in Vietnam.
Authored by the acknowledged dean of Vietnam War studies, George Herring, the book allows the reader to listen in on a newly discovered selection of the president's private recordings as he agonizes over the toughest decision of his career.
With a supporting cast that includes Robert McNamara, General William Westmoreland, Robert Kennedy, Dwight Eisenhower, and many more of the era's iconic figures—all of them speaking with a remarkable candor—the book places the reader in the middle of those fateful days with an astonishing immediacy. To learn more about the book—and to hear a sample recording—please click here.
"Fifty years after the fateful July 1965 decision to Americanize the war in Vietnam, George Herring, the veritable dean of historians studying presidents and Vietnam, provides an intimate and textured portrait of a fatally flawed president. Utilizing a trove of new telephone conversations, Herring takes us into the mindset of a President plagued with doubts about the viability of objectives that would result in a national and personal tragedy."—Larry Berman, author of Planning a Tragedy: The Americanization of the War in Vietnam and Lyndon Johnson’s War: The Road to Stalemate in Vietnam