Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy

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Public Affairs, 1999 - History - 479 pages
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In this groundbreaking study, Robert McNamara delves into the decisions and mistakes made both by him and his North Vietnamese counterparts. Drawing on a series of unprecedented meetings with his former enemy, McNamara confronts the most difficult questions: Why did the Vietnam War happen? How could it have been stopped? Did millions of people need to lose their lives? Was it a senseless war?

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It was a long slog to get through it. It was not as good as In Retrospect. I am convinced that the US could not have won militarily in Vietnam, however once I floated this idea by a friend he said that of course we could have won militarily. Read full review

Review: Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy

User Review  - Simon - Goodreads

It was a long slog to get through it. It was not as good as In Retrospect. I am convinced that the US could not have won militarily in Vietnam, however once I floated this idea by a friend he said that of course we could have won militarily. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Robert S. McNamara was born in San Francisco, California on June 9, 1916. He received a degree in economics and philosophy from the University of California (Berkeley) in 1937 and a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1939. He worked for one year at the accounting firm of Price, Waterhouse in San Francisco, and then in August 1940 returned to Harvard to teach in the business school. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Force. In 1946, he started working for the Ford Motor Company as manager of planning and financial analysis and on November 9, 1960, he became the first president of Ford Motor Company from outside the family of Henry Ford. He was the Secretary of Defense for both the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations and served from 1961 to 1968. He served as the head of World Bank from 1968 to 1981. He died on July 6, 2009 at the age of 93.

Robert S. McNamara served as secretary of defense to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and is the author of "In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam," and co-author of "Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy." James G. Blight is professor of international relations (research) at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, and the author or editor of many books on U.S. foreign policy, including "Argument Without End.

Robert K. Brigham is the Shirley Ecker Boskey Professor of History and International Relations at Vassar College. He is the author of numerous books and essays on American foreign relations, including "Argument Without End: In Search of the Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy" written with Robert S. McNamara and James G. Blight.

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