The Fog of War: Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

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James G. Blight, Janet M. Lang
Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 307 pages
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Robert S. McNamara is one of modern America's most controversial figures. His opinions, policies, and actions have led to a firestorm of debate, ignited most recently by Errol Morris's Academy Award-winning film, The Fog of War. In the companion book, editors James G. Blight and janet M. Lang use lessons from McNamara's life to examine issues of war and peace in the 20th century. McNamara's career spans some of America's defining events from the end of World War I, through the course of World War II, and the unfolding of the Cold War in Cuba, Vietnam, and around the world. The Fog of War brings together film transcripts, documents, dialogues, and essays to explore what the horrors and triumphs of the 20th century can teach us about the future."
  

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Review: The Fog of War: Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

User Review  - Luke Terry - Goodreads

Book that's based on a documentary. Really insightful as McNamara is involved in 'war review sessions' 25 years after the fact with Vietnamese, Russian, and Cuban leaders who were involved in the ... Read full review

Review: The Fog of War: Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

Scary shit right here. Read full review

Contents

LESSON ONE Empathize with Your Enemy
27
LESSON TWO Rationality Will Not Save Us
59
LESSON THREE Belief and Seeing Theyre Both Often Wrong
87
LESSON FOUR Proportionality Should Be a Guideline in War
113
LESSON FIVE Be Prepared to Reexamine Your Reasoning
139
CRITICAL ESSAYS Id Rather Be Damned If I Dont
173
Wilsons Ghost
219
Chronology of the Life and Times of Robert S McNamara
243
Further Reading and Exploration
249
Credits
262
Endnotes
265
Acronyms
295
Acknowledgements
296
Index
302
About the Authors
309
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James G. Blight and Janet M. Lang served as academic advisors for Errol Morris's film. Pioneers in the field of critical oral history, they teach at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Relations. James Blight is the author of more than a dozen books on the recent history of U.S. foreign policy, most recently Sad and Luminous Days: Cuba s Struggle with the Superpowers after the Missile Crisis (with Philip Brenner); Cuba on the Brink: Castro, the Missile Crisis, and the Soviet Collapse (with David A. Welch); Wilson s Ghost: Reducing the Risk of Conflict, Killing and Catastrophe in the 21st Century (with Robert S. McNamara); and Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy (with Robert S. McNamara and Robert K. Brigham).

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