Revisiting the Gulf of Tonkin Crisis: An Analysis of the Private Communication of President Johnson and his Advisers

@article{Ball1991RevisitingTG,
  title={Revisiting the Gulf of Tonkin Crisis: An Analysis of the Private Communication of President Johnson and his Advisers},
  author={M. Ball},
  journal={Discourse \& Society},
  year={1991},
  volume={2},
  pages={281 - 296}
}
  • M. Ball
  • Published 1 July 1991
  • Sociology
  • Discourse & Society
This essay explains how the rhetorical response of President Johnson and his advisers to the Gulf of Tonkin incident in August 1964 provides a paradigm case of how a confusing set of events can be given interpretation and structure by means of dramatizing communication. Although the Tonkin events were largely unsubstantiated, narratives were shared in which a hostile enemy had deliberately attacked American vessels on routine patrols. Consequently, American prestige and power were being tested… Expand
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