In The Tet Offensive: Politics, War, and Public Opinion (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2005), Schmitz places the Tet Offensive in the context of American foreign policy and the state of the war up to 1968. Through his up-to-date analysis of recently available sources, Schmitz works to dispel myths and clarify the central debates that brought an end to American escalation of the war and led to President Lyndon Johnson’s withdrawal from the presidential race.
Schmitz, the Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History at Whitman, has made a career of carefully researching and analyzing primary documents in the National Archives and other official venues. (In 1991 he was among the first American scholars to visit Vietnam since the end of the war.) Schmitz then uses the information he collects in his classes as well as to write books, and he regularly includes students in his research.
worked with many students in his years at Whitman, with the help of the
college’s Abshire and Perry Awards for student-faculty research. A Summer 2002 Perry Research Award enabled
Erin Gettling ’03 to help research The
previous books include The
For more information and comments from Schmitz about The Tet Offensive please look in the forthcoming December Whitman Magazine.