chapter  10
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Vietnam and the Draft

I he Vietnam War was the litmus test of a generation. The conflict divided America-Left against Right, young against old, children against parents. It provoked a crisis of governmental authority and legitimacy the effects of which remain powerful. Twenty-two years after the end of the war, the published memoirs of one of its chief architects, Robert McNamara (1995), unleashed a storm of anguished and angry debate, as did the earlier decision to extend diplomatic recognition to Vietnam (Mitchell 1995a).