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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (791 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert S. McNamara Narrator: Robert S. McNamara (preface), Joseph Campanella Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As secretary of defense for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, Robert S. McNamara was one of the chief architects of American foreign policy, and particularly of the strategy that propelled the U.S. into the Vietnam War. Though he at first firmly believed that fighting communism in East Asia was worth the loss of American lives, McNamara eventually found himself at odds with other members of the Johnson administration when he came to see the ever-escalating was as unwinnable.

In the years since he resigned his office, he has until now refused any public comment on the unpopular war with which he was so thoroughly identified. Drawing on his personal experience and a wealth of documentation, McNamara presents a classic insider account of how Vietnam policy grew, of exactly how we stumbled into the war and exactly why it quickly became almost impossible to pull out.

Both personal and historic, his account reveals the trials of leadership, of how a generation's best and brightest led our nation into tragedy, and what we can learn from their mistakes. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sam Dye | 2/19/2014

    " This book was good for me to read because of the patients I had serving as a physician in the Army that were maimed or died from action in Viet Nam. As I suspected, just as in especially WWI and the Iraq War, the VietNam War was brought on by stupidity and over-reaction to minor incidents and escalated because of more stupidity and over-reaction. He refreshingly admits the mistakes that were made on his watch Secretary of Defense from Kennedy's administration to leaving in 1968 from Johnson's. An example is that the Gulf of Tonkin second attack that was pivotal in the decision making process to bomb the North didn't even happen. Just think of all the deaths, suffering, and family anguish that resulted! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nic | 2/9/2014

    " Hard work, but a good read if you can get through all the official documents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John Rivera | 1/30/2014

    " Interesting piece that I opted to read because it was referenced in a couple of other books I read a few years ago. I'm far from a fan of Mcnamara, but this work is an honest piece that offers a variety of lessons about government intervention and politics alike. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bryan Simmons | 1/29/2014

    " With this book, Macnamara has distinguished himself as one of my personal heroes. In Retrospect is an intriguing and very straight-forward chronicle of the mistakes made by Macnamara and the Kennedy and Johnson administrations during the Vietnam War. As I was reading, Macnamara's honesty and humility seemed very refreshing. Here is a man who, his entire life, rode upon the crest of power. President of Ford Motor Company, Secretary of Defense, President of the World Bank, and after all of this, he can sit down and say, "Shit yo, I made a ton of mistakes. A TON of mistakes. I feel guilty every day about them. But the only thing we can do is try to learn from them so that the world will be a better place." I admire that. And by the way, he doesn't use those words exactly... He is much more eloquent. "

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