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In Retrospect : the Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam

Author: Robert S McNamara; Brian VanDeMark; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
Publisher: New York : Times Books, Random House, [1995] ©1995
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Robert S. McNamara, 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.
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McNamara, Robert S., 1916-2009.
In retrospect.
New York : Times Books, ©1995
(OCoLC)623501974
Named Person: Robert S McNamara; Robert S McNamara
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert S McNamara; Brian VanDeMark; Rogers D. Spotswood Collection.
ISBN: 0812925238 9780812925234 0712676821 9780712676823
OCLC Number: 31375622
Notes: Maps on lining papers.
Description: xviii, 414 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: My journey to Washington : June 9, 1916-January 20, 1961 --
The early years : January 19, 1961-August 23, 1963 --
The fateful fall of 1963 : August 24-November 22, 1963 --
A time of transition : November 23, 1963-July 29, 1964 --
The Tonkin Gulf resolution : July 30-August 7, 1964 --
The 1964 election and its aftermath : August 8, 1964-January 27, 1965 --
The decision to escalate : January 28-July 28, 1965 --
The Christmas bombing pause, an unsuccessful attempt to move to negotiations : July 29, 1965-January 30, 1966 --
Troubles deepen : January 31, 1966-May 19, 1967 --
Estrangement and departure : May 20, 1967-February 29, 1968 --
The lessons of Vietnam --
Appendix: The nuclear risks of the 1960s and their lessons for the twenty-first century.
Responsibility: Robert S. McNamara with Brian VanDeMark.
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The insiders account of the Vietnam War, often called McNamara's War, by the man who was US Secretary of Defense when America invaded Vietnam.  Read more...

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