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In Retrospect by Robert S. McNamara
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Jun 18, 2016

really liked it
bookshelves: war, memoir, audio
Read from June 10 to 18, 2016 — I own a copy

Vietnam with my war. I was a teenager a college student and a young adult. I wasn't drafted as a result of a series of deferments. This is an after-the-fact story by Robert McNamara who was the secretary of defense under Kennedy and Johnson for seven years. He thinks Kennedy would've gotten out of Vietnam if he would've lived. And he thinks the Johnson should've gotten out of Vietnam in the mid 60s. He thinks he made some mistakes and failed to push issues as he should have as the US pushed further and further into the big muddy. It is a fascinating story to me even though we have moved out of the Vietnam era and are now second-guessing about Iraq and Afghanistan. We couldn't win somebody else's war in Vietnam or Iraq.
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Gisela Hafezparast And unfortunately no lessons have been learned either.

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