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Robert McNamara’s Vietnam War book – a unique retrospective


in-retrospectYesterday’s death of Robert McNamara, the former US Secretary of Defense under John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, has created demand for his 1995 book, In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam. McNamara was the architect of the Vietnam War but the book reveals his belief that the war was flawed and America could never win.

There are ample used copies of this book available from AbeBooks’ sellers. I’m sure it provides an interesting perspective.

McNamara’s wikipedia page contains the following statement – which may or may not be true – ‘On September 29, 1972, a passenger on the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard recognized McNamara on board and attempted to throw him into the ocean. McNamara declined to press charges. The man remained anonymous, but was interviewed years later by author Paul Hendrickson, who quoted the attacker as saying, “I just wanted to confront (McNamara) on Vietnam.”‘

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