Johnson's War/Johnson's Great Society: The Guns and Butter Trap

Johnson's War/Johnson's Great Society: The Guns and Butter Trap

By: Jeffrey W. Helsing (author)Paperback

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Helsing provides a unique perspective on the escalation of the Vietnam War. He examines what many analysts and former policymakers in the Johnson administration have acknowledged as a crucial factor in the way the United States escalated in Vietnam: Johnson's desire for both guns and butter-his belief that he must stem the advance of communism in Southeast Asia while pursuing a Great Society at home. He argues that the United States government, the president, and his key advisers in particular engaged in a major pattern of deception in how the United States committed its military force in Vietnam. He then argues that a significant sector of the government was deceived as well. The first half of the book traces and analyzes the pattern of deception from 1964 through July 1965. The second half shows how the military and political decisions to escalate influenced-and were influenced by-the economic advice and policies being given the President. This in-depth analysis will be of particular concern to scholars, students, and researchers involved with U.S. foreign and military policy, the Vietnam War, and Presidential war powers.

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JEFFREY W. HELSING is Program Officer for Education at The United States Institute of Peace. Dr. Helsing has served with a variety of research organizations and has been an Assistant Professor of Political Science at The American University of Cairo.


Introduction: Lyndon Johnson's Gun Versus Butter Dilemma Great Dreams at Home, Deterioration Abroad Poor Policy Planning and an Inadequate Budget Process Escalation Americanizing the War In Pursuit of a "Stalemate" The Low-Key Decision for an Asian Ground War The Confusion over Military Costs The War Overheats the Economy Guns or Butter and the Study of the Vietnam War Bibliography Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/08/2000
  • ISBN13: 9780275964498
  • Format: Paperback, Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 296
  • ID: 9780275964498
  • weight: 589
  • ISBN10: 0275964493

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