Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam
"The war in Vietnam was not lost in the field, nor was it lost on the front pages of the New York Times or the college campuses. It was lost in Washington, D.C."
- H. R. McMaster (from the Conclusion)
Dereliction Of Duty is a stunning new analysis of how and why the United States became involved in an all-out and disastrous war in Southeast Asia. Fully and convincingly researched, based on recently released transcripts and personal accounts of crucial meetings, confrontations and decisions, it is the only book that fully re-creates what happened and why. It also pinpoints the policies and decisions that got the United States into the morass and reveals who made these decisions and the motives behind them, disproving the published theories of other historians and excuses of the participants.
Dereliction Of Duty covers the story in strong narrative fashion, focusing on a fascinating cast of characters: President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, General Maxwell Taylor, McGeorge Bundy and other top aides who deliberately deceived the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the U.S. Congress and the American public.
Sure to generate controversy, Dereliction Of Duty is an explosive and authoritative new look at the controversy concerning the United States involvement in Vietnam.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - cstebbins - LibraryThing
Sad, as others have noted: remarkable what lies the Federal Government told and the media accepted. But interesting now mostly because of the position now held by the author. Read full review
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I read this book for one purpose: the author is now President Trump's National Security Advisor. Early reports are that he is pretty tough. After reading the book, I endorse that conclusion. What sort ... Read full review
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Across the Threshold JulyAugust 1964
Contriving Consensus AugustSeptember 1964
Prophecies Rejected and the Path of Least Resistance SeptemberNovember 1964
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A Quicksand of Lies MarchApril 1965
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War without Direction AprilJune 1965
Five Silent Men July 1965
Planning for Failure NovemberDecember 1964
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Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the ...
H. R. McMaster
No preview available - 1997