The complexities that led to America's involvement in the Vietnam War is explored by looking at what affect the assassination of President Kennedy and the installment of Lyndon Johnson into the Oval Office might have played.
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Frederick Ackerson ...
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David Brinkley ...
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McGeorge Bundy ...
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Phil Caputo ...
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John Chancellor ...
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Charles Collingwood ...
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Robert Dallek ...
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Ngo Dinh Diem ...
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Murray Fromson ...
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John Heilemann ...
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George Herrington ...
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The complexities that led to America's involvement in the Vietnam War is explored by looking at what affect the assassination of President Kennedy and the installment of Lyndon Johnson into the Oval Office might have played.

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Hard Headed, Commie Fearing, Despots
23 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Vietnam War was for most of us at that time, a quagmire. We watched as many of those we loved lost their lives over the political posturing of an intractable force at the top. French Indochina, Vietnam, somehow became the poster child for how communism was wending its way through Southeast Asia. Wel all know about the ludicrous Domino Theory. John F. Kennedy, a mere kid when he became President, began the process of putting too many booths on the ground in Vietnam. After the assassination, Lyndon Johnson had his own issues. One of the strongest forces in the Senate for much of his life, it was imperative that he not seem weak and that he carry on what Kennedy was doing. Meanwhile, more and more sons of middle and lower class families were drafted and sent to fight for their lives, many who had no choice. We get a nice picture of Lyndon Johnson and his efforts to stay afloat, full of guilt and self doubt. I thought this was nicely done, though many other Vietnam documentaries are much superior to this one.


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