Former US Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara's autobiography spans the period from his early childhood in San Francisco to the day of his departure from office in 1968. The main focus of the book, however, lies on the decisions and considerations that led to the Vietnam war and its continuance throughout the sixties. McNamara retrospective account is enriched with reflections upon the diplomatic mistakes made during that period that could have been avoided and ends with a chapter on the lessons of Vietnam for the future of US diplomacy. The book also contains a comprehensive appendix including a series of reactions from leading scholars, journalists, and former colleagues of McNamara.
This report prepared by Dorothea Lotter