In Retrospect : The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam

ISBN-10: 0812925238
ISBN-13: 9780812925234
Edition: 1995
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Book details

Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/12/1995
Binding: Hardcover
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

"Robert S. McNamara, the brilliant secretary of defense for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, helped lead America into Vietnam. McNamara believed that the fight against communism in Asia was worth the sacrifice of American lives, and yet he eventually came to believe that the war was, in fact, unwinnable. Outnumbered by those who wanted to continue fighting, he left the Johnson administration and his involvement in Vietnam behind. He refused any public comment on the war, and for almost three decades he has kept that silence - until now." "Drawing on his personal experience and a wealth of documentation - much of it only recently declassified and some presented here for the first time ever - McNamara has crafted the classic insider account of Vietnam policy making. He reveals exactly how we stumbled into the war, and exactly why it quickly became so difficult to pull out. We meet John F. Kennedy, and McNamara discloses what he believes Kennedy would have done in Vietnam had he lived. We get to know Lyndon B. Johnson, and see exactly how the war tore him apart and damaged his entire presidency. We sit in on secret meetings, we read private cables, and we hear the voices and arguments of the men who battled over America's Vietnam policy. McNamara takes us into the Oval Office for late-night discussions with the president, into the halls of the Pentagon as military strategy is argued, and into the chambers of Congress as policy is debated. He also reveals his own inner torment as the war effort becomes increasingly frustrating, and then utterly disastrous. The result is a book that is not only history of the highest order, but a revealing portrait of the trials of leadership."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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.

Preface
My Journey to Washington: June 9, 1916-January 20, 1961p. 3
The Early Years: January 19, 1961-August 23, 1963p. 29
The Fateful Fall of 1963: August 24-November 22, 1963p. 51
A Time of Transition: November 23, 1963-July 29, 1964p. 89
The Tonkin Gulf Resolution: July 30-August 7, 1964p. 127
The 1964 Election and Its Aftermath: August 8, 1964-January 27, 1965p. 145
The Decision to Escalate: January 28-July 28, 1965p. 169
The Christmas Bombing Pause, An Unsuccessful Attempt to Move to Negotiations: July 29, 1965-January 30, 1966p. 207
Troubles Deepen: January 31, 1966-May 19, 1967p. 233
Estrangement and Departure: May 20, 1967-February 29, 1968p. 273
The Lessons of Vietnamp. 319
Appendix: The Nuclear Risks of the 1960s and Their Lessons for the Twenty-first Centuryp. 337
Personaep. 347
Notesp. 357
Selected Bibliography of Published Worksp. 381
Acknowledgmentsp. 387
Indexp. 391
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

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