Work Title: America At the Brink: Rusk, Kissinger, and the Vietnam War
Work Author(s): Lawrence W. Serewicz
Louisiana State University Press
233 pages, hardcover, $40.00
Reviewer: Karl Helicher
Machiavellian Moment: A "Machiavellian Moment," as described by historian J.G.A. Pocock, in his 1975 book of that name, is when a nation faces such internal threats as a corrupt government, or copes with external ones, such as neighboring war-minded countries that threaten the nation's stability. In Vietnam, the United States encountered just such a moment that stirred a dangerous empire-building impulse, which could have critically damaged its democratic moorings.
In America At the Brink: Rusk, Kissinger, and the Vietnam War (Louisiana State University Press, 233 pages, hardcover, $40.00, 978-0-8071-3179-4) Lawrence W. Serewicz offers an illuminating investigation of how Dean Rusk, secretary of state under presidents Kennedy and Johnson; Henry Kissinger, who held the same...