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Many books have been written on the tragic decisions regarding Vietnam made by the young stars of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Yet despite millions of words of analysis and reflection, no historian has been able to explain why such decent, brilliant, and previously successful men stumbled so badly.

That changes with Road to Disaster. Historian Brian VanDeMark draws upon decades of archival research, his own interviews with many of those involved, and a wealth of previously unheard recordings by Robert McNamara and Clark Clifford, who served as defense secretaries for Kennedy and Johnson. Yet beyond that, Road to Disaster is also the first history of the war to look at the cataclysmic decisions of those in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations through the prism of recent research in cognitive science, psychology, and organizational theory to explain why the “Best and the Brightest” became trapped in situations that suffocated creative thinking and willingness to dissent, why they found change so hard, and why they were so blind to their own errors.

An epic history of America’s march to quagmire, Road to Disaster is a landmark in scholarship and a book of immense importance.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The most thoughtful and judicious one-volume history of the war and the American political leaders who presided over the difficult and painful decisions that shaped this history. The book will stand for the foreseeable future as the best study of the tragic mistakes that led to so much suffering.”

    Robert Dallek, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Brilliant…With keen insight, some clever new analytical tools, and storytelling drive, Brian VanDeMark has made a timeless tale fresh and riveting—and highly relevant.”

    Evan Thomas, New York Times bestselling author

  • “VanDeMark, who teaches history at the US Naval Academy, seems well placed to consider how the smart young men of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations got so much so wrong.”

    Library Journal

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About the Author

Brian VanDeMark teaches history at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where for more than twenty-five years he has educated midshipmen about the Vietnam War. He has also been a visiting fellow at Oxford University. VanDeMark was the research assistant on Clark Clifford’s bestselling autobiography Counsel to the President and the coauthor of Robert McNamara’s #1 bestseller In Retrospect. He is also the author of Into the Quagmire, which came out of his doctoral dissertation on LBJ and the war. He lives in Maryland.