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The Lotus Unleashed

The Lotus Unleashed

The Buddhist Peace Movement in South Vietnam, 1964-1966

by Robert J. Topmiller

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

232 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780813191669
  • Published: December 2002

$60.00

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  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780813122601
  • Published: December 2002

$60.00

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During the Vietnam War, Vietnamese Buddhist peace activists made extraordinary sacrifices -- including self-immolation -- to try to end the fighting. They hoped to establish a neutralist government that would broker peace with the Communists and expel the Americans. Robert J. Topmiller explores South Vietnamese attitudes toward the war, the insurgency, and U.S. intervention, and lays bare the dissension within the U.S. military. The Lotus Unleashed is one of the few studies to illuminate the impact of internal Vietnamese politics on U.S. decision-making and to examine the power of a nonviolent movement to confront a violent superpower.