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“James G. Hershberg presents an exhaustively documented, scholarly, and critical assessment of the secret and ultimately failed Polish-Italian peace initiative, codenamed ‘Marigold’, that sought bring a peaceful end to the Vietnam War.… A thoughtful and well-reasoned study, Marigold: The Lost Chance for Peace in Vietnam is highly recommended especially for American military history shelves.”—Midwest Book Review

“Hershberg superbly details a singular event of a highly controversial era—the Vietnam conflict.… Highly recommended.”—Choice

Chapter List

Prologue: Mission Impossible? “Operation Lumbago” and LBJ’s Thirty-Seven-Day Bombing Pause, December 1965– January 1966

Chapter 1: Đồng Chí Lewandowski’s Secret Mission: The Players Take Their Places, February– June 1966

Chapter 2: “Could It Really Be Peace?” Marigold’s “Devious Channels”— Act One: July 1966

Chapter 3: Intermezzo: August to October 1966— A “Mosaic of Indiscretions and Rumors”

Chapter 4: “A Nerve-Eating Business”: Marigold Blossoms—Act Two, November 1966

Chapter 5: “Something Big Has Happened”: Toward the Warsaw Meeting, December 1– 5, 1966

Chapter 6: Informing the North Vietnamese Ambassador in Warsaw: Nguyen Dinh Phuong’s Marigold Mystery Tour

Chapter 7: “It Is Pity”: Waiting for Gronouski— December 6, 1966

Chapter 8: “It Looked as If We Could Move Forward”: Marigold in Suspense, December 7– 13, 1966

Chapter 9: “The Americans Have Gone Mad”: Bombing Hanoi Again, December 13/14– 18, 1966

Chapter 10: “The Christmas Present”: Marigold’s Last Gasp, and First Leaks, December 19– 24, 1966

Chapter 11: “The Ultimate Reply”: The End of the Affair, December 25– 31, 1966

Chapter 12: Secret Spats: Talking and Fighting, January 1967

Chapter 13: “A Sunburst of Recriminations”: Riders on the Storm, February– June 1967

Chapter 14: The Long Year Wanes: D’Orlandi, Lodge, and Lewandowski Leave Vietnam, March– June 1967

Chapter 15: “You Will Never Get the Inside Story”: The Secret Search for The Secret Search for Peace in Vietnam, May 1967– March 1968

Chapter 16: Sequels, Revivals, Regrets: Marigold’s Echoes during LBJ’s Last Year, February 1968– January 1969

Epilogue: “A Lot More Dead Young Soldiers”— Last Words, and the Battle for History

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