Fredrik Logevall, a professor of history with expertise in U.S. foreign relations, sets the context for his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Embers of War." The 11-year project stemmed from his burning conviction to tell the complete story of two Western powers in Vietnam: how both powers lost their way and how their officials chose war over a political solution.

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