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Bundy acknowledges that as National Security Advisor to Johnson "I had part in a great failure".
This book is an important piece of work---one that anyone interested in America's involvement in Vietnam should read.
Author Gordon Goldstein has cobbled together a book not by Bundy but about him, as he indicates, and it is revealing.
I have a small library of books on the Vietnam War. "Lessons in Disaster" is one of the better ones. Read morePublished 1 month ago by not me
It was an eye-opener. It brought out the behind-the-scenes role of Eisenhower in LBJ's decisions regarding Vietnam, about which I never knew. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jane binkoff
Egos and arrogance of the men during this time frame was unbelievable . Mr Goldstein does a good job with telling the story but he belabors some points over and over.Published 2 months ago by Douglas E. Oneill
Although there were a few lessons to learn from this book, it seemed to be more a rationalization of Bundy's inability to come to grips with the reality of the Vietnam war. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mike Callahan
Lessons in disaster, show fully the blind guesswork used to blunder into Vietnam JFK tried to introduce stop program but Johnson went full ahead war program. Read morePublished 9 months ago by edwardfilmer
I wanted to read this book because I heard that President Obama made this required reading for his cabinet and I can see why. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lionel S. Taylor
When Robert McNamara published In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam, McGeorge Bundy was motivated to issue his own mea culpa on Vietnam. Read morePublished 17 months ago by R. Schwenk
An excellent & extremely well researched book,but difficult to get through due to the wealth of detail & a rather dry writing style. Read morePublished 18 months ago by DAVID GROESBECK
McGeorge Bundy was the national security adviser to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. This is a fascinating account of how Bundy tried to understand how he had been so wrong about... Read morePublished on May 14, 2012 by William Podmore