In this new work, historian David F. Schmitz analyzes what is arguably the most important event in the history of the Vietnam conflict. Schmitz situates the Tet Offensive in the context of American foreign policy and the state of the war up to 1968 while carefully considering the impact of the media on American public opinion. Through his up-to-date analysis of recently available sources, Schmitz works to dispel myths and clarify the central debates surrounding this pivotal event that brought an end to American escalation of the war and led to LBJ's decision to withdraw from the presidential race.
David F. Schmitz is Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History at Whitman College. He is the author of Henry L. Stimson: The First Wise Man, Thank God They're On Our Side: The United States and Right-Wing Dictatorships, 1921-1965, and The United States and Fascist Italy, 1922-1940.
Introduction Chapter 1: The American Road to Vietnam Chapter 2: Light at the End of the Tunnel Chapter 3: The Tet Offensive Chapter 4: Capping Escalation Chapter 5: The Meaning of Tet Bibliographic Essay