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The living and the dead : [electronic resource] Robert McNamara and five lives of a lost war / Paul Hendrickson.

By: Hendrickson, Paul, 1944-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1996Description: ix, 427 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0679427619 (alk. paper); 9780679427612 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- United States | McNamara, Robert S., 1916-2009 | Vietnam-oorlog | McNamara, Robert S., 1916- | Guerre du Viêt-nam, 1961-1975 -- États-Unis | McNamara, Robert Strange (1916-2009) | Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 -- United States | Guerre du Viet-Nam (1961-1975) -- États-Unis | McNamara, Robert S | Vietnamkrieg | Politische Entscheidung | Soldat | USAAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Living and the dead.DDC classification: 959.704/3373 Other classification: 15.85 Online resources: Publisher description | Book review (H-Net) | Free eBook from the Internet Archive | Additional information and access via Open Library
Contents:
Prologue: A Story Out of Time -- Pt. 1. At the Open Noon of His Pride -- Pt. 2. Photograph of a Life, 1916-1960 -- Pt. 3. Died Some, Pro Patria, 1965 in America -- Pt. 4. Shadows, and the Face of Mercy, 1966 in America -- Pt. 5. Wound Like a Wheel, 1967-1968 in America -- Epilogue: Because Our Fathers Lied.
Summary: This brilliant, explosive, and passionate book reveals the Vietnam War as we never before have seen it - through the prism of Robert McNamara's crucial and tangled decision-making. It is a book that examines not only the genesis - in McNamara's life and character - of his wartime decisions, but how they altered forever the fates of four men and a woman who, beyond their own human importance, might be said to stand in for all who were caught in the maelstrom that was Vietnam. In McNamara's looming shadow we are shown, in equally intense detail, five people who were caught up in the wake of his life-and-death decisions: an artist whose long-harbored rage erupts on a Massachusetts ferry as he tries to kill McNamara, by then retired from the Cabinet; a young Marine physically and psychologically scarred by Vietnam battle; a Quaker who immolated himself in protest outside the Pentagon; a nurse desperate to believe her agonies in Vietnam were for a good cause; and a member of a Saigon family enlisted, and then tragically abandoned, by the Americans. More than a decade in the making, The Living and the Dead is meticulously researched, astonishing in its revelations, and often in conflict with McNamara's own version of events.
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Includes bibliographical references ( p.409-415) and index.

This brilliant, explosive, and passionate book reveals the Vietnam War as we never before have seen it - through the prism of Robert McNamara's crucial and tangled decision-making. It is a book that examines not only the genesis - in McNamara's life and character - of his wartime decisions, but how they altered forever the fates of four men and a woman who, beyond their own human importance, might be said to stand in for all who were caught in the maelstrom that was Vietnam. In McNamara's looming shadow we are shown, in equally intense detail, five people who were caught up in the wake of his life-and-death decisions: an artist whose long-harbored rage erupts on a Massachusetts ferry as he tries to kill McNamara, by then retired from the Cabinet; a young Marine physically and psychologically scarred by Vietnam battle; a Quaker who immolated himself in protest outside the Pentagon; a nurse desperate to believe her agonies in Vietnam were for a good cause; and a member of a Saigon family enlisted, and then tragically abandoned, by the Americans. More than a decade in the making, The Living and the Dead is meticulously researched, astonishing in its revelations, and often in conflict with McNamara's own version of events.

Prologue: A Story Out of Time -- Pt. 1. At the Open Noon of His Pride -- Pt. 2. Photograph of a Life, 1916-1960 -- Pt. 3. Died Some, Pro Patria, 1965 in America -- Pt. 4. Shadows, and the Face of Mercy, 1966 in America -- Pt. 5. Wound Like a Wheel, 1967-1968 in America -- Epilogue: Because Our Fathers Lied.

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