New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House Publishers, 1976. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. 256 pages. Frontis illustration. Illustrations. DJ is in a plastic sleeve and has wear, tears, and soiling. Includes Preface; The War Before; The Return of Richard Nixon; The Assault Mounts; Stalemate; Election Year; The Peace That Could Have Been; and The End of Honor. Also includes three Appendices: Paris Cease-Fire Agreement; Statement of Members of Congress for Peace Through Law, February 6, 1975; and Letter from Thirty-Seven Congressmen to President Gerald R. Ford, March 7, 1975. Also contains a Bibliography and an Index. Dr. Fanning was a History Professor Emeritus who taught for 30 years at the State University of New York at Farmingdale, Long Island. Dr. Fanning graduated from University of Illinois, received his Master’s from Long Island University, and his Ph.D. from St. John’s University, NY. He enlisted in the Army during WWII at the age of 18 and later served in the Korean War as a staff intelligence officer under General Mark W. Clark in Tokyo, Japan. He and Helen Hoffsommer of Kansas were married in 1952 in Japan. He retired from the Army Reserves as a Major and was a member of the Association. of Former Intelligence Officers. Author of the book Betrayal in Vietnam (1976), Dr. Fanning was a specialist in Vietnamese history and politics for the Future Heritage Foundation, served as an advisor to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was a visiting lecturer at the U.S. Special Warfare Center in Ft. Bragg, NC and a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institute of Stanford University, CA. The author shows how, shortly after President Nixon took office, a small group of determined Democrats launched a campaign to undercut his Vietnam Policy.
Derived from a Kirkus review: Fanning examines more than six years of Executive and Congressional reports and recriminations re the Vietnam War, topping it off with President Thieu's pre-resignation salvo denouncing the US for "lack of responsibility and inhumanity toward an ally." He blames US withdrawal of troops on a handful of left-wing Democrats in Congress who engineered the resolutions and military appropriations cuts that jammed the US war machine in Southeast Asia. They are: Church, Cooper, McGovern, McCarthy, Hatfield, Fulbright. . . . The most sinister aspect of this assault on Nixon's "peace with honor" was the way Democratic Congressmen were influenced by war demonstrators, peace groups, and individuals (Tom Hayden and Jane Fonda) who were instructed and manipulated to "carry out the politboro's orders in the United States." The gist of Fanning's argument is that the groundswell of dissent in and out of Congress was Hanoi-inspired and Uncle Sam reneged on its commitment to the people of South Vietnam. Condition: Good / Good.
Keywords: Vietnam War, Richard Nixon, Collective Defense, Vietnamization, Nixon Doctrine, Land Reform, Selective Service, Easter Offensive, War Powers Resolution, Jane Fonda, Peace Talks