James M. Carter, "Inventing Vietnam: The United States and State Building, 1954-1968"
2008 | ISBN 0521888654 | PDF | 278 pages | 7 MB
This book considers the Vietnam war in light of U.S. foreign policy in Vietnam, concluding that the war was a direct result of failed state-building efforts. This U.S. nation building project began in the mid-1950s with the ambitious goal of creating a new independent, democratic, modern state below the 17th parallel. No one involved imagined this effort would lead to a major and devastating war in less than a decade.