The Resource Vietnam-on-the-Potomac, Moya Ann Ball

Vietnam-on-the-Potomac, Moya Ann Ball

Label
Vietnam-on-the-Potomac
Title
Vietnam-on-the-Potomac
Statement of responsibility
Moya Ann Ball
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This intriguing volume examines how the small group communication of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson and their key advisors influenced the decisions to escalate the war in Vietnam from January 1961 to July 1965. Using an historical-critical research method, Moya Ann Ball traces the Vietnam decisions from the combative rhetoric of Kennedy's presidential campaign through the creation of a small group communication culture in the Kennedy administration, which, sustained and reinforced in the Johnson administration, became the motivating force behind the decisions to overtly escalate the war in July 1965. Ball asserts that this small group communication culture was formed by the convergence of such characteristics as the decision-making group's assembly effect, the group's reaction to situational demands, the sharing of dramatic communication, and normative behavior. The analysis is based on primary sources (many of them declassified through the author's efforts) from the Kennedy and Johnson Libraries, and on correspondence and interviews with advisors such as McGeorge Bundy, Robert S. McNamara, Walt W. Rostow, Dean Rusk, and James C. Thomson. Contrary to current literature, Ball uncovers that: Kennedy was not the "natural leader" of the Vietnam decision-making group, but became the leader in death that he had not been in life; the decision makers' communication rooted them rhetorically to a combat position from which it seemed impossible to move; Johnson stalled on overt action in Vietnam and, rather than leading his advisors, was led by them; and the decisions to escalate the war emerged in a "context of discovery" in the Kennedy administration and then were rationalized in a "context of justification" in the Johnson administration. Vietnam-on-the-Potomac will prove invaluable to communication specialists, political scientists, and historians
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DLC
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Ball, Moya Ann
Index
index present
LC call number
DS558
LC item number
.B35 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Vietnam War (1961-1975)
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Communication in politics
  • Communication in politics
  • Politics and government
  • Vietnamkrieg
  • Geschichte (1961-1965)
  • Entscheidungsprozess
  • Politiker
  • Entscheidungsprozess
  • Politiker
  • Vietnamkrieg
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • USA
  • USA
Label
Vietnam-on-the-Potomac, Moya Ann Ball
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [199]-206) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvi, 215 pages
Isbn
9780275938819
Lccn
91031690
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)24430650
Label
Vietnam-on-the-Potomac, Moya Ann Ball
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [199]-206) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvi, 215 pages
Isbn
9780275938819
Lccn
91031690
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)24430650

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