Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy by Robert S. McNamaraArgument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy by Robert S. McNamara

Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy

byRobert S. McNamara, James Blight, Robert K. Brigham

Paperback | May 19, 2000

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Did the Vietnam War have to happen? And why couldn't it have ended earlier? These are among the questions that Robert McNamara and his collaborators ask in Argument Without End, a book that will stand as a major contribution to what we know about the Vietnam War. Drawing on a series of meetings that brought together, for the first time ever, senior American and Vietnamese officials who had served during the war, the book looks at the many instances in which one side, or both, made crucial mistakes that led to the war and its duration. Using Vietnamese and Chinese documents, many never before made public, McNamara reveals both American and Vietnamese blunders, and points out ways in which such mistakes can be avoided in the future. He also shows conclusively that war could not be won militarily by the United States.McNamara's last book on Vietnam was one of the most controversial books ever published in this country. This book will reignite the passionate debate about the war, about McNamara, and about the lessons we can take away from the tragedy.
Robert S. McNamara was Secretary of Defense to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, 1961–1968. James G. Blight is professor of international relations (Research), Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies, Brown University. Robert K. Brigham is associate professor of history, and director of the Program in I...
Title:Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam TragedyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 1.14 inPublished:May 19, 2000Publisher:PublicaffairsLanguage:English

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In the United States, the most powerful man next to the President while at war is the Secretary of Defense. During the Vietnam War, Robert S. McNamara was that man. He was on the inside and at the top. In his Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy, he attempts to analyze the enormous and costly mistakes made by himself, his cabinet and his counterparts in North Vietnam. He confronts the heart of the matter as he asks why the war began and wonders if it could have been avoided. McNamara suggests it is necessary for U.S. policymakers to understand the errors of the past in order to not make them again.