By Seth Jacobs
A diplomatic and cultural background, America’s Miracle guy in Vietnam attracts on govt data, presidential libraries, deepest papers, novels, newspapers, magazines, video clips, and tv and radio declares. Jacobs indicates intimately how, within the Fifties, U.S. policymakers conceived of chilly struggle anticommunism as a campaign within which americans had to mix with fellow Judeo-Christians opposed to an adversary harmful as a lot for its atheism as for its army may well. He describes how racist assumptions that Asians have been culturally unready for democratic self-government predisposed americans to excuse Diem’s dictatorship as helpful in “the Orient.” by way of focusing awareness at the function of yankee non secular and racial ideologies, Jacobs makes an important contribution to our figuring out of the disastrous dedication of the USA to “sink or swim with Ngo Dinh Diem.”
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