© 1998

Vietnam Syndrome

Impact on US Foreign Policy

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. The Trauma of Defeat

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Geoff Simons
      Pages 3-30
  3. The History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Geoff Simons
      Pages 33-107
    3. Geoff Simons
      Pages 108-160
  4. The Vietnam War

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Geoff Simons
      Pages 163-227
    3. Geoff Simons
      Pages 228-264
  5. Impact on US Foreign Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
    2. Geoff Simons
      Pages 267-341
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 342-416

About this book


This book focuses on the 'Vietnam Syndrome' - the effects for the United States of the American defeat in the Vietnam War. It argues that a full understanding of the Syndrome requires a proper appreciation of key shaping elements in Vietnamese and American history. Attention is given to the racial genocide that attended the birth of the United States, to US imperialism and capitalism, and to the Cold War framework. The nature of America as a plutocracy is emphasised, followed by profiles of policy options and three specific issues: post-war Vietnam, El Salvador and Iraq.


American History cold war foreign policy hegemony Policy USA Vietnam War

About the authors


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'This is a terrifying book that should be required reading for every student of twentieth-century history. It is written by an author burning with anger at what was done in Vietnam, but the evidence is so clear and the documentation so meticulously marshalled that it cannot be brushed aside as just another example of anti-American paranoia.' - Tony Benn, MP