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Informed Dissent:
Three Generals and
the Viet Nam War

Robert Buzzanco and Asad Ismi

58 pages, perfect bound, paper, 1991 $12.00; ISBN: 0-9628524-4-9.

You can order this text directly from us. Make check payable to Viet Nam Generation, PO Box 13746, Tucson, AZ 85732-3746. Purchase orders are accepted from schools and libraries, and can be emailed or faxed to 520-578-9208.

Two young scholars focus on dissent within the upper levels of the U.S. military. Buzzanco writes primarily of James Gavin (Army) and David Shoup (Marine Corps), who opposed the growing U.S. commitment to the Republic of Viet Nam in the early 1960s, demonstrating that successful officers of World War II--privy to the best military intelligence--thought that our commitment to anticommunism in Viet Nam was a mistake. Ismi writes of J. Lawton Collins, President Eisenhower's special emissary to the Diem government. In 1954-55 Collins tried to extricate the U.S. from its commitment to Diem, but the maneuver was foiled by Colonel Edward Lansdale. Students will find this "forgotten history" new and exciting.


  • Dan Duffy: Introduction
  • Robert Buzzanco: Division, Dilemma and Dissent: Military Recognition of the Peril of War in Viet Nam
  • Asad Ismi: United States Policy Toward Viet Nam 1954-1955: The Stabilization of the Diem Government

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