In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam

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Vintage Books, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 518 pages
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The #1 national bestseller--an indispensable document for anyone interested in the Vietnam War. McNamara's controversial book tells the inside and personal story of America's descent into Vietnam from a unique point of view, and is one of the most enlightening books about government ever written. This new edition features a new Foreword by McNamara. of photos. (Military History)
 

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McNamara, Secretary of Defense from 1961 to 1967 under both presidents Kennedy and Johnson, has remained silent about U.S. policy toward Vietnam until now. This memoir reveals a decent, loyal, and ... Read full review

Contents

january 19 19611ugust23 1963 29
110
August 8 1964_anuary 27 1965
145
The Christmas Bombing Pause
207
The Lessons of Vietnam
318
The Nuclear Risks of the 1960s and Their Lessons for
337
nuclear weapons and a heightened understanding of the risks
343
Mr McNamaras War 353
352
The Abuse of McNamara
374
We Can All Learn from McNamaras Remorse
381
Personae
453
Selected Bibliography of Published Works
486
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About the author (1996)

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.

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Brian VanDeMark is Assistant Professor of History at the U.S. Naval Academy. He served as research assistant to Clark M. Clifford in the preparation of his forthcoming memoirs.

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