Dereliction of Duty

Dereliction of Duty

Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam

Book - 1997
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"The war in Vietnam was not lost in the field, nor was it lost on the front pages of the New York Times or the college campuses. It was lost in Washington, D.C."

--H. R. McMaster (from the Conclusion)

Dereliction Of Duty is a stunning analysis of how and why the United States became involved in an all-out and disastrous war in Southeast Asia. Fully and convincingly researched, based on transcripts and personal accounts of crucial meetings, confrontations and decisions, it is the only book that fully re-creates what happened and why. McMaster pinpoints the policies and decisions that got the United States into the morass and reveals who made these decisions and the motives behind them, disproving the published theories of other historians and excuses of the participants.

A page-turning narrative, Dereliction Of Duty focuses on a fascinating cast of characters: President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, General Maxwell Taylor, McGeorge Bundy and other top aides who deliberately deceived the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the U.S. Congress and the American public.

McMaster's only book, Dereliction of Duty is an explosive and authoritative new look at the controversy concerning the United States involvement in Vietnam.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c1997
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060187958
Branch Call Number: History 959.7 MacM


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Jan 12, 2019

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Nov 17, 2018

As described in the synopsis, this book only covers the Vietnam era up through 1965, I am sorry it did not cover the large escalations of later years like 1968. For this reason the book seems incomplete to me. The coverage of the very early years of the Vietnam War are excellent, however, and really give insight as to how this catastrophic war came to be.

They all worked for the war machine! Only Kennedy resisted, and for his trouble had his head shot off! 'Liberal, Conservative, I AM THE WALRUS' For God sake read someone with some sense, like Peter Dale Scott, or Harrison Livingstone, or Philip Nelson. Or keep your head in the sand. Who Put All Those Things In Your Head*From Beatles' lyrics from REVOLVER album: originally, Lennon wrote, ' Who put all that shit in your head?' But, obviously, you can't get a #1 album with bad words like shit on it. so you end up saying, 'all those things,' instead. lbj was a major participant in the jfk killing, for kennedy was about to dump him from the '64 ticket, because a corruption scandal involving his associates billie sol estes and bobby baker was about to blow up, really big. as a matter of fact, a man named r.j.reynolds was just about to take the witness stand up on capitol hill, when the deadly shots were fired. news of the killing spread quickly, and reynolds ( who had the goods on lbj) was never called to testify. that committee went away. lbj was now a much more powerful man than when only a vice-president. see what this author has to say about the Tonkin Gulf Incident. it was a phoneyed-up provocation which wasn't real. these days they are called 'red flag events.' coincidentally, jim morrison, famed singer of the hugely influential rock group THE DOORS, had a father who was the admiral of the naval fleet which was on site for that hoax event which got us into the so-called Vietnam War.

Jun 03, 2017

Anyone who has actually read this book will find the people responsible for this war were pretty much the ones we've suspected all along. Kennedy and Johnson of course, but McNamara stands out. Had our involvement not been the result of keeping worthless allies like France happy, wishy washy leaders like Kennedy, Johnson, and their guru McNamara, we probably would have come to the accurate conclusion that the South Vietnamese were not willing to fight for their own freedom and we could have saved countless lives. Liberals will have a hard time facing up to the fact that Democrats were behind the wheel on this one.

Feb 21, 2017

Looks like I have to wait a while, but I'm eager to read this analysis. Every war demanded and imposed on us by our elites, beginning with Korea, has ended with our defeat, after horrific suffering for us and also among those we were ordered to invade, especially civilians. Each war began with a catastrophic warmongering plan. Were the plans all similar, or each one different? The description here of blundering, greed, ignorance, and arrogance looks like the nightmare of W. Bush's invasion of Iraq with even worse, if that's possible, consequences.


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