Stoessinger on Vietnam

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A 5 page book review that describes how John Stoessinger devotes a chapter of his book Why Nations Go to War to the debacle of Vietnam. To many people, the tragedy of Vietnam remains an enigma. How could a backward Third World nation of peasants defeat a great super power and resist the enormity of the American arsenal? Stoessinger provides an answer that is drawn from the historical record and how each of five American presidents grossly misunderstood the way in which the Vietnamese people perceived this conflict. He proposes that part of why the U.S. lost in Vietnam was due to the “power of the weak” (Stoessinger 101). Bibliography lists 4 sources.