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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.
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 27 days 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 2 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 9 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 10 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 11 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 22 months ago by William Podmore
While this book is not a comprehensive history of the events leading up to the Vietnam War, it is a very good look at how intel and advice (much of it wrong) shaped the policy... Read morePublished on January 10, 2012 by Cbad
This book sure has impact. There are glowing reviews by senior diplomats; and in his book, "Obama's Wars," Bob Woodward tells us that it impressed both him and the president. Read morePublished on January 31, 2011 by supr
The final chapter presents an interesting analysis of what might have happened if JFK had not been assassinated. Read morePublished on January 25, 2011 by jefferson morgan