The first part tells how the United States and Vietnam went from enmity to reconciliation. It also discusses veterans and Vietnamese Americans, cultural legacies such as in literature and film, and the influence of the Vietnam experience on foreign policy.
Prominent American historian Robert D. Schulzinger illuminates the lasting impact of the Vietnam War on politics, culture, and society in this compelling book. Schulzinger examines the long and painful path of reconciliation with Vietnam, the controversy over soldiers who were missing in action, and the outcry over Maya Lin's design for the Vietnam Memorial in Washington. Using a vast array of sources, A Time for Peace explores how the controversies of the war have continued to be fought in books and films and explores the power of the Vietnam metaphor on foreign policy.