Presidents at War review: Michael Beschloss and the Vietnam scoop that wasn't

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The historian made a splash with a tale of nukes and Khe Sanh, but like most in his book it had been told before

A few weeks ago, Michael Beschloss’s new book got the kind of christening few authors even dream of: a front page story in the Sunday New York Times. According to the reporter David Sanger, the big news from Beschloss was contained in new documents revealing that Gen William Westmoreland had wanted to use nuclear weapons in Vietnam in 1968.

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Charles Kaiser, a former reporter for the New York Times, is the author of 1968 in America: Music, Politics, Chaos, Counterculture and the Shaping of a Generation

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