The First Domino by James R. Arnold
Eisenhower, the Military, and America's Intervention in Vietnam

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Discusses how State Department officials obtained U.S. backing for France's efforts to reclaim its colonies in Indochina

About James R. Arnold

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James R. Arnold is the author of more than twenty books, including Jungle of Snakes: A Century of Counterinsurgency Warfare from the Philippines to Iraqknl (named one of the Best Books of 2009 by the St.Louis Post-Dispatch). He lives on a farm near Lexington, Virginia.
Published November 1, 1991 by William Morrow & Co. 444 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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According to Arnold, Ho's political innocence, magnetic leadership, and desire for an alliance with America were delineated by OSS reports, as was his determination: ``If you do not help us achieve our goal [ending French rule], I know a country that will be only too glad to.'' Arnold pinpoints d...

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This impressively detailed study traces the gradual U.S. entanglement in Vietnam, from the early days of the Truman administration to the early 1960s when the South Vietnamese government formally requested that President Kennedy send U.S. Special Forces teams.

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