So Much to Lose: John F. Kennedy and American Policy in Laos

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University Press of Kentucky, 2014年4月4日 - 376 頁
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Judith Brockenbrough McGuire's Diary of a Southern Refugee during the War is among the first of such works published after the Civil War. Although it is one of the most-quoted memoirs by a Confederate woman, James I. Robertson's edition is the first to present vital details not given in the original text. His meticulous annotations furnish references for poems and quotations, supply the names of individuals whom McGuire identifies by their initials alone, and provide an in-depth account of McGuire's extraordinary life.

Throughout the war years, McGuire made poignant entries in her diary. She wrote incisive commentaries on society, ruminated on past glories, and detailed her hardships. Her entries are a highly personal, highly revealing mixture of family activities; military reports and rumors; conditions behind the battle lines; and her observations on life, faith, and the future. In providing illuminating background and references that significantly enhance the text, Robertson's edition adds considerably to our understanding of this important work.

 

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Introduction
1
1 We Cannot Enforce What We Would Like
15
2 A Wide Measure of Discretion
37
3 Less Precise Language Than We Desire
53
4 A Disagreeable Hard and Dangerous Fact
73
5 A Severe Loss of Face
91
6 A Very Hazardous Course
111
7 A Colossal Booby Trap
131
10 A Piece of War
197
11 Were Going to Have to Take Some Action
217
Epilogue
239
Acknowledgments
251
Appendix 1
253
Appendix 2
259
Appendix 3
267
Notes
277

8 We Do Not Have the Power of Decision
151
Photo Illustrations
173
9 Tenuous at Best
173
Bibliography
311
Index
323
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William J. Rust, a former journalist and communications consultant, is the author of Kennedy in Vietnam: American Vietnam Policy, 1960--1963 and Before the Quagmire: American Intervention in Laos, 1954--1961.

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