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Richard Holbrooke…in Lessons in Disaster, Gordon Goldstein's highly unusual book, Bundy emerges as the most interesting figure in the Vietnam tragedy—less for his unfortunate part in prosecuting the war than for his agonized search 30 years later to understand himself…what's most important about Lessons in Disaster is not the details of how the United States stumbled into a war without knowing where it was going; that story has been told in hundreds of other books. Goldstein's achievement is quite different: it offers insight into how Bundy, a man of surpassing skill and reputation, could have advised two presidents so badly. On the long shelf of Vietnam books, I know of nothing quite like it. The unfinished quality of Bundy's self-inquest only enhances its power, authenticity and, yes, poignancy.
—The New York Times