In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam
Written twenty years after the end of the Vietnam War, former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara's controversial book answers the lingering questions that surround this disastrous episode in American history, in a groundbreaking book that is the definitive insider's account of American policy making in Vietnam.
"We of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations who participated in the decisions on Vietnam acted according to what we thought were the principles and tradtions of this nation," McNamara writes. "We made our decisions in light of those values. Yet we were wrong, terribly wrong. We owe it to future generations to explain why."
With unprecedented candor and drawing on a wealth of newly declassified documents, McNamara reveals the fatal misassumptions behind our involvement in Vietnam. Keenly observed and dramatically written, In Retrospect possesses the urgency and poignancy that mark the very best histories--and the unsparing candor that is the trademark of the greatest personal memoirs.
Includes a preface written by McNamara for the paperback edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - carterchristian1 - LibraryThing
An essential resource for history of the U.S. participation in the Vietnam war. McNamara gives candid assessments of Johnson and other American participants. Frequently he lays out a situation then ... Read full review
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If only more key decision makers on the world stage would make similar literary undertakings. This is RS McNamara's account of his early career and subsequent term as Secretary of Defence under ... Read full review
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