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Author: H. R. McMaster Narrator: H. R. McMaster Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9780062740939
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"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 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 transcripts and personal accounts of crucial meetings, confrontations and decisions, it is the only book that fully re-creates what happened and why. McMaster 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 focuses 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.

McMaster’s only book, Dereliction of Duty is an explosive and authoritative new look at the controversy concerning the United States involvement in Vietnam.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A relentless, stinging indictment of the usual Johnson administration Vietnam War suspects.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A devastating indictment of Johnson and his principal civilian and military advisers.”

    Ronald Spector, New York Times Book Review

  • “A stunning book: eloquent and highly effective. The word noble would not be going too far.”

    Paul Fussell, author of The Great War and Modern Memory

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About the Author

H. R. McMaster is a retired United States Army general and a former National Security advisor who served under President Donald Trump. A graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, he is known for his roles in the Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He holds an MA degree and a PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has taught numerous command and staff positions in armored and cavalry units.