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In Retrospect

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In Retrospect

The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam

By Robert S. McNamara

Vintage, Paperback, 9780679767497, 576pp.

Publication Date: March 19, 1996

Description
Written twenty years after the end of the Vietnam War, former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara's controversial bookanswers 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 Retrospectpossesses 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.


About the Author
Robert S. McNamara was secretary of defense under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, president of the Ford Motor Company, and president of the World Bank. After leaving the World Bank he was active in economic development efforts across the globe and in the arms control and non-proliferation movements. He died in 2009.