"Stunning....The portrait of the embattled and unyielding president that emerges is vivid and memorable."—Publishers Weekly
By 1968, the United States had committed over 525,000 men to Vietnam and bombed virtually all military targets recommended by the joint Chiefs of Staff. Yet, the United States was no closer to securing its objectives than it had been prior to the Americanization of the war. The long-promised light at the end of the tunnel was a mirage. This absorbing account reveals the bankruptcy of the bombing campaign against North Vietnam, the failures of political reform in South Vietnam and the bitter bureaucratic conflicts between the US government and its military commanders.
Berman discusses the reactions of LBJ and his advisors to the failure of military policy in Vietnam, the manipulation of intelligence from the field to portray success and the widening division between the hawks and the doves. ``The portrait of the embattled and unyielding president that emerges is vivid and memorable,'' said PW. Photos.