Nobody Wanted War: Misperception in Vietnam and Other Wars

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Doubleday, 1968 - Vietnam War, 1961-1975 - 347 pages
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This is a profound analysis of the way that misperceptions by leaders led to the major wars during the past 100 years. It is extremely relevant to the danger posed by Donald Trump and xenophobic leaders around the world.
Ralph White's primary thesis is that wars result when leaders lack understanding of and empathy with their opponents. He was the unfortunately ignored more or less sole voice of reason in the U.S. Government during the Cold War and Vietnam.
 

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MISPERCEPTION AS A CAUSE OF TWO WORLD WARS
3
THE CONFLICT AS SEEN BY THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE
37
THE CONFLICT AS SEEN BY THE COMMUNISTS
104
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