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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Baker & Taylor
Outlines the policies and decisions that embroiled the U.S. in the war in Southeast Asia


"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.

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An insightful analysis of how and why the U.S. became involved in the war in Southeast Asia outlines the policies and decisions that embroiled America in the conflict and examines the roles of Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, and others in deceiving the American public. 100,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : HarperCollins, 1997.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060187958
Branch Call Number: 959.704 MAC
Characteristics: xviii, 446 p., [4] of l. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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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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