Eighteen. Decisions for War

  1. Mitchell B. Lerner
  1. Andrew Preston

Published Online: 19 DEC 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444347494.ch18

A Companion to Lyndon B. Johnson

A Companion to Lyndon B. Johnson

How to Cite

Preston, A. (2011) Decisions for War, in A Companion to Lyndon B. Johnson (ed M. B. Lerner), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444347494.ch18

Editor Information

  1. Ohio State University, USA

Author Information

  1. Cambridge University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 DEC 2011
  2. Published Print: 12 DEC 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444333893

Online ISBN: 9781444347494



  • Vietnam;
  • decisions for war;
  • Vietnam, confusion and indecision;
  • LBJ administration's decisions for war;
  • historiography of Vietnam War, new trajectory;
  • Halberstam's The Best and the Brightest;
  • Schlesinger's “politics of inadvertence”;
  • Herring's, America's Longest War;
  • Triumph Forsaken, controversial;
  • Porter's publishing of Perils of Dominance


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