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Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam

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  • Posted December 2, 2008

    Intellectually challenging and hard to put down

    The reviews of this book by Henry Kissinger in Newsweek and by Richard Holbrooke in The New York Times give one a good sense for the seriousness of its ideas and its relevancy to current events. The real surprise about this book is how readable and accessible it is. The accolades "intellectually challenging" and "hard to put down" are rarely used to describe the same book, but the author manages both brilliantly. This is a highly satisfying read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

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    McGeorge Bundy was the national security adviser to Presidents K

    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 the US war of aggression against Vietnam.
    Bundy finally admitted in 1995, the year before he died, that Vietnam was ‘a war we should not have fought’ and that “on the overall issue – are you for the war or against it – in 1965 and after, the doves were right.”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2010

    A Insightful Masterpiece

    This book is a gem. Brilliantly crafted with superior critical analysis This is a must read for any serious student of the time period. The contrast between J.F.K. and L.B.J. is clearly illustrated. It painfully reveals what we lost on 11/22/63. McNamara before and Bundy now, have shown us the greatness of J.F.K. and the shallowness of L.B.J. The critics of the Kennedy Presidency should be required to read this book, it should prove very illuminating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2010

    Very good book

    Provides an excellent perspective on how the Presidential decision-making process worked from Kennedy to Johnson with a focus on McGeorge Bundy's (National Security Advisor) role in facilitating, arbitrating, and influencing American policy and strategy toward Vietnam in the 1960s. The narrative also touches on how the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Bay of Pigs influenced many of the subsequent national security decisions. In sum, the book is enlightening, an easy read, and well-researched and written. Highly recommend for those that want to understand how the Vietnam War came about.

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  • Posted February 23, 2009

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    Good enough!

    It's only good. I had great expectations about it but it's merely informative and lack scientific organization.
    Anyway is a source of Vietnam War decision making knowledge.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 28, 2010

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