|Category||Politics and Sociology|
Aid Under Fire is an important book that expands our understanding of the U.S. effort to 'modernize' South Vietnam by revealing the critical role played by aid workers on the ground.
Jessica Elkind's excellent study of US development aid to South Vietnam is a significant book that serious students of the Vietnam War and of nation-building strategies should read. It is a solid addition to the growing literature on America's ally in Vietnam and the realities of the Washington-Saigon connection. How US nation building morphed into American military intervention is a cautionary example for US policy makers today, and Elkind's superbly documented conclusions underscore the contribution that professional historical scholarship, if heeded, can make to the creation of sound foreign policy.