Living and the Dead Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War

ISBN-10: 067978117X

ISBN-13: 9780679781172

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Authors: Paul Hendrickson
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Description: A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Finalist for the Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism "Meticulous in detail, epic in scope, psychologically sophisticated and spiritually rich, it ranks with The Best and the Brightest and All the President's Men." --San Francisco Chronicle More than the two presidents he served or the 58,000 soldiers who died for his policies, Robert McNamara was the official face of Vietnam, the technocrat with steel-rimmed glasses and an ironclad faith in numbers who kept insisting that the war was winnable long after he had ceased to believe it was. This brilliantly insightful, morally devastating book tells us why he believed, how he lost faith, and what his deceptions cost five of the war's witnesses and McNamara himself. In The Living and the Dead, Paul Hendrickson juxtaposes McNamara's story with those of a wounded Marine, an Army nurse, a Vietnamese refugee, a Quaker who burned himself to death to protest the war, and an enraged artist who tried to kill the man he saw as the war's architect. The result is a book whose exhaustive research and imaginative power turn history into an act of reckoning, damning and profoundly sympathetic, impossible to put down and impossible to forget. "A masterpiece. . . . [Hendrickson] has a gift with language that most writers can only dream about. " --Philadelphia Inquirer "Approaches Shakespearian tragedy." --The New York Times Book Review

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List price: $20.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Paul Hendrickson, a prizewinning feature writer for the Washington Post, is on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. He has degrees in American literature from St. Louis University and Penn State. Hendrickson's books are Looking for the Light: The Hidden Life and Art of Marion Post Wolcott (a finalist for the 1992 National Book Critics Circle Award); The Living and the Dead: Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War (finalist for the National Book Award in 1996); and Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961.

Prologue: A Story Out of Time
At the Open Noon of His Pride
Photograph of a Life, 1916-1960
Died Some, Pro Patria, 1965 in America
Shadows, and the Face of Mercy, 1966 in America
Wound Like a Wheel, 1967-1968 in America
Epilogue: Because Our Fathers Lied
Acknowledgments
A Word About Interviews
Notes on Sources
Selected Bibliography
Index
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