March 04, 2013


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Historian Fredrik Logevall will give the talk, "Embers of War: Vietnam Reconsidered," Thursday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre (Room 301) of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The discussion will encompass Logevall's latest book, Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam, named one of the best books of 2012 by The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and Globe and Mail.

Embers of War (2012) follows Choosing War (1999), Logevall's chronicle of the American escalation of the Vietnam War in the early 1960s.

Embers of War traces the French conflict in Vietnam and the beginning of the American iinvolvement — from the end of World War II to the beginning of the second Vietnam War in 1959.

Logevall is the John S. Knight Professor of International Studies and Professor of History at Cornell, where he serves as director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. In 2007-08 he was Mellon Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge and Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Nottingham.

His other works are America's Cold War: The Politics of Insecurity (with Campbell Craig; Belknap Press/Harvard UP, 2009); and A People and a Nation: A History of the United States, 9th ed. (with Mary Beth Norton et al; Cengage, 2011).

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of History, and co-sponsored by the Departments of East Asian Studies and Political Science, the International Relations program, the University Lectureship Committee, and the Bucknell University Alumni Association.

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