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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.
Overall I found this to be a very good book, getting at one of the principal policy players in the Vietnam War who frequently gets lost in the shuffle in the broader histories of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hugo Johnson
Of all that has been written about the war in Vietnam, nothing that I have seen comes close to a few pages by the journalist I. F. Stone in his newsletter. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Winston Crausaz
I have a small library of books on the Vietnam War. "Lessons in Disaster" is one of the better ones. Read morePublished 4 months 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 5 months 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 5 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 10 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 12 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 19 months ago by Lionel S. Taylor