Defending the Free World: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and the Vietnam War, 1961-1965

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Acknowledgments

I would like to thank the staffs of the Lyndon Baines Johnson and John F. Kennedy libraries for their professional and patient help when this manuscript was in its embryonic stages in 1991–1992. The Kennedy Library provided a useful travel stipend. The staffs of the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the Center for Marine Corps History, the U.S. Army Center for Military History, all in Washington, D.C., were helpful in my sundry efforts to dig up primary source materials. The library and archive staff at the Carlisle Institute for Military History in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, were also quite helpful. The staff of the Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago provided needed interlibrary loan materials; the newspaper microfilm collections were especially useful. This project began originally as a dissertation in the history department at the University of Chicago. Although we did not always agree, Bruce Cumings and Akira Iriye were able readers. They also encouraged me on the odyssey of revising that work into this book. Special thanks to Gary Hess of Bowling Green State University who offered close readings of the manuscript in the mid-1990s and again in the fall of 1997; without his professional reading, this monograph would never have been published.

My editor at Praeger Press, Heather Staines, was very capable and supportive. Special thanks to Krystyna Budd, who did a wonderful job editing the manuscript. I would also like to thank my colleagues at Purdue University Calumet, Miriam Joyce, Saul Lerner, and Lance Trusty, for their sound advice and encouragement over the years. At Midwestern University, Shawn Carstens and Sandra Worley were supportive through many years of hard work. Friends Danny Haselkorn, Rick DeSassure, David Pickus, Alan Port, Daven Gotlib, Jane and Michael Schwab, Shirley and Charles Mouritides, Marlene Storck and her family, all listened to the trials and tribulations of publishing a first academic book. My greatest debt in this enterprise has been to my family. My parents, David and Leona Schwab, to whom this book is dedicated. They were always there for me, as were Janet, Tobin, Rachel, Steven, Kenneth, and Staci. Since I was her baby brother, my late sister Cathy would have found great satisfaction in my success. It is quite true, that no one publishes a book alone. For all the people named above, I am proud and grateful.

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  • Recent Titles in Praeger Studies in Diplomacy and Strategic Thought ii
  • Defending the Free World - John E Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and the Vietnam War, 1961–1965 iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Abbreviations xiii
  • 1: Defending the Free World: 1961 1
  • 2: The Coup 37
  • 3: Toward the Gulf of Tonkin 81
  • 4: Pleiku 115
  • 5: Toward the Press Conference Speech 153
  • Selected Bibliography 225
  • Index 235
  • About the Author 245
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