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Analogies at War: Korea, Munich, Dien Bien Phu, and the Vietnam Decisions of 1965
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Publisher Princeton Univ Pr
Publication date April 15, 1992
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780691025353
ISBN-10 0691025355
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9.25 in.
Original list price $49.95
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From World War I to Operation Desert Storm, American policymakers have repeatedly invoked the "lessons of history" as they contemplated taking their nation to war. Do these historical analogies actually shape policy, or are they primarily tools of political justification? Yuen Foong Khong argues that leaders use analogies not merely to justify policies but also to perform specific cognitive and information-processing tasks essential to political decision-making. Khong identifies what these tasks are and shows how they can be used to explain the U.S. decision to intervene in Vietnam. Relying on interviews with senior officials and on recently declassified documents, the author demonstrates with a precision not attained by previous studies that the three most important analogies of the Vietnam era--Korea, Munich, and Dien Bien Phu--can account for America's Vietnam choices. A special contribution is the author's use of cognitive social psychology to support his argument about how humans analogize and to explain why policymakers often use analogies poorly.



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from Princeton Univ Pr (June 1, 1992)
9780691078465 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $47.50
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from Princeton Univ Pr (April 15, 1992)
9780691025353 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $49.95
About: From World War I to Operation Desert Storm, American policymakers have repeatedly invoked the "lessons of history" as they contemplated taking their nation to war.

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