Topic: Vietnam War History

1. McMahon, Robert J. Major Problems in the History of the Vietnam War, 4th edition. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0-618-74937-9 (Previous editions of this book do not contain the essays required for this class.)
2. Moss, George Donelson. Vietnam: An American Ordeal, 6th edition. Prentice Hall, Inc., 2010. ISBN-13: 978-0-205-63740-9
The Comparison Paper differs somewhat from a traditional research paper in its format. In the Comparison Paper you are tasked to write three (3), distinct comparative essays that are submitted as one document. In each essay you will compare and contrast two of the assigned essays from the McMahon textbook (see below). Although I want the three comparative essays submitted as a single document, you may complete each of the comparative essays incrementally as we cover the material.

Each of the three comparative essays must be:

At least three (3) pages in length as a double-spaced Word document
One-inch margins
12-point, Times New Roman font.
Use of the Chicago Manual of Style is mandatory. The format is covered in the Rampolla text.
Correct citation style, grammar, spelling, and correct paragraphing are required. You need to edit your paper carefully to ensure that what you have written is clearly understandable. Failure to edit the essays will result in a lower grade regardless of the quality of the content of the essays.

Please e-mail me if you are uncertain as to what the requirements for this paper are.

Comparative Essay #1:
Compare and contrast the following two essays:

“Cold War Strategy and U.S. Intervention” by Robert McMahon (pp. 58-71)
“The European Influence on America’s commitment to War in Vietnam” by Mark Atwood Lawrence
Comparative Essay #2:
Compare and contrast the following two essays:

“A Crippling Defeat for the United States” by Robert Buzzanco (pp. 336-344)
“Tet and the Media” by William Hammond (pp. 344-355)
Comparative Essay #3:
Compare and contrast the following two essays:

“Nixon’s Flawed Search for Peace” by Melvin Small (pp. 379-393))
“A Better War” by Lewis Sorley (pp. 393-397)

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