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Backfire

by Baritz, Loren

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  • Hardcover
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Condition
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ISBN 10
068804185X
ISBN 13
9780688041854
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New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc. BOOK: Corners, Spine Bumped; Moderate Shelf Rub to Boards; Edges Moderately Soiled. DUST JACKET: Previous Owner Markings (Price Clipped); Lightly Creased; Lightly Scratched; Lightly Chipped; In Archival Quality Jacket Cover. SUB-TITLE: A History of How American Culture Led Us Into Vietnam and Made Us Fight the Way We Did. BOOK NUMBER: 19C3. SYNOPSIS: "War is an expression of culture. It is an expression of the way a culture thinks of itself and the world. Different cultures go to war for different reasons and fight in different ways. There is an American way of war. Our Vietnam War was started and fought in ways our culture required." Backfire is the only book to examine the myths of the American culture that led us into the Vietnam quagmire. It is, as historian Henry Steele Commager says, "the first full-length and scholarly account of why we got into it in the first place." It exposes our national myths: the conviction of our moral supremacy, our assumption that Americans are more idealistic than other people, and our faith in a technology that supposedly makes us invincible. Backfire also discusses how Vietnam has changed American culture today, and how it might change our culture in the future. It explains the successes and failures of the Washington bureaucrats during the course of the war and relates these events to the current bureaucracy. It shows how the war destroyed the traditional code of honour of many of our senior military officers and what that means to our military today. Provocative. Confrontational. Healing. Backfire is the book we should have had twenty years ago.. First Edition 1st Printing. Hard Cover. Good/Good. Illus. by Mike Stromberg. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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Bookseller Inventory #
000774
Title
Backfire
Author
Baritz, Loren
Illustrator
Mike Stromberg
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Good
Jacket condition
Good
Edition
First Edition 1st Printing
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
068804185X
ISBN 13
9780688041854
Publisher
William Morrow and Company, Inc.
Place of Publication
New York
This edition first published
March 1985
Keywords
History,the Viet Nam War
Bookseller catalogs
History - Viet Nam War, the;
Size
8vo

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