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The Fog of War: Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

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Robert S. McNamara is one of modern America's most controversial figures. His opinions, policies, and actions have led to a firestorm of debate, ignited most recently by Errol Morris's Academy Award-winning film, The Fog of War. In the companion book, editors James G. Blight and janet M. Lang use lessons from McNamara's life to examine issues of war and peace in the 20th c ...more
Paperback, 307 pages
Published March 25th 2005 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published January 1st 2005)
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Nicko
Feb 01, 2008 Nicko rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Vietnam Vets
"Fog of War: The fog of war is a term used to describe the level of ambiguity in situational awareness experienced by participants in military operations.

The term seeks to capture the uncertainty regarding own capability, adversary capability and adversary intent during an engagement, operation or campaign."


While the layout of the book could have been better, it still works to show the internal conflicts that plagued him throughout his long career. Brings to full realization. In a real and metap
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Luke Terry
Book that's based on a documentary. Really insightful as McNamara is involved in 'war review sessions' 25 years after the fact with Vietnamese, Russian, and Cuban leaders who were involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam war to better understand what the other sides were thinking.
McNamara's an interesting old dude and the book leaves it up to the reader to draw poignant parallels between past American wars and our current military involvement in the Middle East.
Sidhe
Jul 01, 2008 Sidhe rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in politics
A fascenating look at the politics behind the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the way the American defense department really works. During the interviews for this book, Robert McNamara, former secretary of defense, bared all, candidly describing the mistakes and triumphs of the administrations he served, as well as all of the times the USA narrowly avoided war or invasion. For an accurate picture of the politics behind the American military, I have never seen this book's equal.
Greg
A great look at the thought processes of a guy who single-handedly set U.S. policy for a decade.
Mark
Scary shit right here.
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