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American History Podcast That Never Takes The Story Out Of History.

A Podcast revisiting American history one story at a time. Studying history teaches that contrary to popular belief, hindsight isn't always 20/20. A history podcast presenting American history while ensuring the "story" is never left out of history.

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Interview With Bruce Carlson, host of "My History Can Beat Up Your Politics" podcast.

We are joined by Bruce Carlson who hosts the podcast called "My History Can Beat Up Your Politics."

Bruce is a very educated man in both history and politics and the conversation we had is a great footnote to the recently concluded Vietnam War Series. 

To find out more about Bruce and his podcast you can visit his website by clicking the link above or listen to his show anywhere you find podcasts!

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The Vietnam War (Part V): America's Costly Lesson

Nixon allowed himself to believe he could use brute force to force the North Vietnamese into a peace settlement adhering to his definition of "peace with honor". Each step and decision he took became more obsessive, paranoid and constitutionally unsound as he drug America through its final stages of the conflict in Vietnam that would become America's longest war; as well as one of it's most costly lessons.

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The Vietnam War (Part III): Limited War, Without Limits.

Picking up where we left off in part II, we learn a bit more about who LBJ was and what helped him to make the fateful decisions made throughout his administration regarding the Vietnam War, its escalation and its subsequent veiling to the American public. 

The former Senate Majority Leader was a master of manipulation, skilled like none other in the art of politics, personal flattery and the ability to read a man in order to face off against him. Lyndon B. Johnson masterfully avoided the rebuke of Congress and the American people while further involving the nation in a conflict with no hope of resolution. 

Using the attack of Pleiku airbase, as well as the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, LBJ was able to position himself as the President leading the charge of retaliation against the "aggressor" North Vietnamese. Operation "ROLLING THUNDER" would kick off the bombing campaign that would prove the North Vietnamese would not only withdraw in their campaign, but they would escalate it on a magnitude with which the United States was un-willing and un-able to match.

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The Vietnam War (Part II): Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy.


Part two of the Vietnam War series continues the story of the escalation of the U.S. involvement in Indochina, eventually kicking off the Vietnam War. The JFK administration comes to an abrupt and early end, forcing Lyndon Baines Johnson to pick up where Kennedy left off. The first real "tell" of LBJ's intentions comes to light after he shows his cards in response to the incident in the Gulf of Tonkin...

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