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JFK and de Gaulle: How America and France Failed in Vietnam, 1961-1963

Sean J. McLaughlin


This book explores French president Charles de Gaulle’s frank, persistent, and discrete campaign to dissuade President Kennedy from expanding the American military/economic aid program in Vietnam from their first summit meeting between in May 1961 up until Kennedy green-lit a coup against South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem in the late summer of 1963. There were many thorny issues that complicated the Franco-American relationship in the early 1960s—ranging from nuclear policy, British entry into the European Economic Community (EEC), and conditions for negotiating with Moscow—but Vietnam ... More

Keywords: John F. Kennedy, Charles de Gaulle, Vietnam War, Franco-American relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780813177748
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813177748.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean J. McLaughlin, author
Murray State University