[Item #6275] In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam. Robert S. McNamara.
In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam
In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam
In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam
In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam

In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam

ISBN: 0812925238
New York, NY: Time Books, 1995. First Edition. Hardcover. “Drawing on [Robert S. McNamara’s] personal experience and a wealth of documentation–much of it only recently declassified and some presented here for the first time ever–McNamara has crafted the classic insider account of Vietnam policy making. He reveals exactly how we stumbled into the war, and exactly why it quickly became so difficult to pull out.” (From front flap) Needless to say, the Vietnam War was a major cultural point for Americans growing up and living in the 1960s. Suddenly, there was an entire generation rising up to protest what they perceived to be pure Government Foolishness and Bloodlust, all while they avoided the draft and made some damn good music–and poetry, of course. Now, Robert S. McNamara (1919-2009), the former United States secretary of defense, reveals something as close to “the truth” as we can probably get, explaining in the preface that his desire for this book is “to put Vietnam in context”. McNamara was the longest-serving secretary of defense, having held office for seven years, having served as a trusted confidant to both President Kennedy and his successor, President Lyndon B. Johnson, and while this seems quite a prestigious position–and it is–McNamara’s eventually adverse opinion of Vietnam policy would haunt him for the latter part of his service. This book is a sort of reconciliation, not atonement. Reconciling what was “public truth” or public assumption, and the more encompassing view that’s relative to a man in the very thick of it all. A must-have book for anyone craving answers for the actions of their “leaders and best” of the 1960’s, or desiring a more holistic, and even more human, understanding of the politics of the Vietnam War. From the collection of Barbara (1935-2023) & Irving (1933-2018) Nusbaum - world travelers, connoisseurs, eminent collectors of art & books, and the dearly beloved late parents of our esteemed founder, Arthur S. Nusbaum. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket; First Edition stated at copyright page, First printing, as indicated by number sequence thereon beginning with "2" per contemporary custom of this publisher. Book, inside and out, is in almost mint condition appropriately deemed Very Fine. Dust jacket is Very Fine. An additional handling fee will be added for shipping due to the weight of this item. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #6275]

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