The marine snipers vietnam story continues 9780425188644. Readers weighed in on the best books about the vietnam war. The use of lowiq troops in the vietnam war kindle edition by gregory, hamilton. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. This marine was the american sniper of the vietnam war. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading rolling thunder. To mcnamara, of all people, the word vietnam should denote an actual country, not merely a sequence of bloody events. Secretary of defense robert mcnamara, april 26, 1965. Robert strange mcnamara june 9, 1916 july 6, 2009 was an american business executive and the eighth united states secretary of defense, serving from 1961 to. Program budgeting in the pentagon, 19601968 contributions in legal studies first edition by j.
Noted the presidents approval of the following statement of u. Apr 25, 2017 a plan to build a barrier to seal off south vietnam from the north was rejected as ridiculously expensive in the 1960s. Long before chris kyle penned american sniper, carlos hathcock was already a legend. I have two memories of my father before he went off to vietnam. The mcnamara taylor mission to vietnam and the mcnamara report, march 4april 3. Endorsed the basic presentation on vietnam made by secretary mcnamara and general taylor.
Also printed in united statesvietnam relations, 19451967, book 12. In retrospect by robert mcnamara overdrive rakuten. Johnson, mcnamara, the joint chiefs of staff, and the lies that led to vietnam by h. About shawn and leslie leslie and shawn have been married since 1988 and have two boys. Kennedy library, national security files, vietnam country series, memos and miscellaneous. Jul 06, 2009 the book contained the long awaited admission that mcnamara believed u. Mcnamara, in full robert strange mcnamara, born june 9, 1916, san francisco, california, u. This book filled in some of the blanks about the mismanagement of the vietnam war not found in previous readings. Mcnamara illustrating his observations of the nature of modern warfare. Jul 06, 2009 mcnamara s legacy mired in vietnam debacle despite robert mcnamara s efforts to rehabilitate his legacy in later life, none could have erased or even much eased what is destined to be historys. May 16, 1984 to add 200,000 men to the troop strength in vietnam, mr.
Its an appallingly poor read with injokes making no sense and poor visulisation of situations and events. In 1963, defence secretary robert mcnamara and head of the joint chiefs general maxwell taylor spent a week in south vietnam. The wrong kind of loyalty mcnamaras apology for vietnam. Spam or selfpromotional the list is spam or selfpromotional. Born october 30, 1949, in zanesville, ohio, ronnie marshall served as a us army sergeant and a sniper in south vietnam. On october 2nd they submitted a brief report on vietnam to president john f. This is what robert mcnamara does in this brave, honest, honorable, and altogether compelling book. His father was robert james mcnamara, sales manager of a wholesale shoe company, and his mother was clara nell strange mcnamara. Oct 14, 2011 mcnamara sends johnson memo critical of vietnam, oct. By the time mcnamaras project ended in december 1971, 354,000 formerly ineligible men had been inducted into the army which had 71 percent of.
Five decades ago in vietnam, a different great, great wall. Foreign relations of the united states, 19641968, volume i. Mcnamara, clifford, burdens of vietnam 19651969 osd historical. Johnson library, national security file, vietnam country file, vol. Inappropriate the list including its title or description facilitates illegal activity, or contains hate speech or ad hominem attacks on a fellow goodreads member or author. Currently ranked in the top 2% listing sold volume for licensed agents and brokers in clark county. The list of war time snipers contained on this page is in no way intended to glorify the amount of people these soldiers have killed, it is intended to recognize the manner in which these soldiers excelled at accomplishing the mission assigned to them in a time of war. Jul 23, 2010 robert mcnamara discusses viet cong casualties and the need of north vietnam to use their regular military troops. On this day in 1966, defense secretary robert mcnamara. Meet john mcnamara my goal is to provide you with such a great real estate experience that you will want to be my client for life. Early in the evening of 4 april a sniper shot and killed. Written twenty years after the end of the vietnam war, former secretary of defense robert mcnamaras controversial memoir answers the lingering questions that surround this disastrous episode in american history. Re mcnamara takes much of blame for vietnam, april 9. Mcnamaras folly is a fascinating book about the use of lowiq soldiers in the vietnam war.
Mcnamara sends johnson memo critical of vietnam, oct. I have read extensively about this war with most finding fault with why it was undertaken and a few finding it a necessary war. Project 100,000 also mcnamara s 100,000, also known as mcnamara s folly, mcnamara s morons and mcnamara s misfits, was a controversial 1960s program by the united states department of defense dod to recruit soldiers who would previously have been below military mental or medical standards. Incorrect book the list contains an incorrect book please specify the title of the book. Robert mcnamara 1916 during the late 60s, many americans change their opinion of the vietnam war, gradually becoming opposed to the policies they once supported. Neil sheehan 1936 is an american journalist who worked as a reporter for the new york times during the vietnam war.
We failed then as we have since to recognize the limitations of modern, hightechnology military equipment, forces. The film was directed by errol morris and features an original score by philip glass. Kennedy vowed not to allow south vietnam fall to communism. Introduction on september 7, 1967, at a press conference in washington, dc, united states secretary of defense robert mcnamara announced plans for the construction of an electronic antiinfiltration barrier below the demilitarized zone dmz, the line of. Study 48 terms chapter 28 the vietnam war flashcards. Mcnamara, secretary of defense for presidents kennedy and johnson, helped lead america into vietnam. Salvaging the deficient for the war effort the vva veteran.
On march 16, bromley smith sent a slightly revised version of this memorandum to the national security council for consideration at a march 17 meeting. He was the cando man in the cando society in the cando era, david halberstam wrote in the best and the brightest, and during the kennedy and early johnson years, he managed americas expanding involvement almost as if he were a desk officer. The 65 decisionbombing soviet sam sites in north vietnam. Mcnamara and other us policymakers feared that the fall of south vietnam to a. The 65 decision bombing soviet sam sites in north vietnam.
Mcnamara believed that the fight against communism in asia was worth the sacrifice of american lives, and yet he eventually came to believe that the war was, in fact, unwinnable. Foreign relations of the united states, 19641968, volume i, vietnam, 1964 iii. Foreign relations of the united states, 19611963, volume. Lippman washolgton post stiff wrorr afterthree decades of refusing to discuss publicly his central role in the vietnam war, former defense secretary robert s. Foreign relations of the united states, 19641968, volume. The story behind the mcnamara line by peter brush a version of this article appeared in vietnam magazine, february, 1996, pp. A marine snipers twoyear odyssey in the vietnam war other editions.
Mcnamara has 22 books on goodreads with 5550 ratings. After visits to vietnam in 1962, 1964, and 1966 he gave selfassured, optimistic reports and forecast that the national. As much as any other individual, secretary of defense robert s. On march 31st, 1968, at the height of the vietnam war, johnson announced to the american people that he wouldnt seek reelection. Project 100,000 was initiated by defense secretary robert mcnamara in october 1966 to meet the. Nov 07, 1995 architect of mcnamaras war makes return trip to vietnam. Hes best known for obtaining and publishing the topsecret documents in the pentagon papers. The title derives from the military concept of the fog of war.
Mcnamara has written a brutally selfcritical memoir assigning himself much of the blame for. Robert mcnamara himself, in the middle of his tenure as defense secretary, embraced the moniker, wrote tim weiner for the. Lyndon johnson, robert mcnamara, the joint chiefs of staff. This barcode number lets you verify that youre getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. Mcnamara writes vietnam mea culpa merpofrs break silence on war ia 11, by thomas w. Mcnamara issued guidance for the united states to design and build an electronic wall around south vietnam to remotely track the movement of supplies. There are serious political tensions in saigon and throughout most of south vietnam. Mcnamaras book reminds us that they even repeated the litany in memos to. How robert mcnamara came to regret the war he escalated. 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. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading mcnamara s folly. All in all i strongly recommend you dont buy this book. Robert strange mcnamara june 9, 1916 july 6, 2009 was an american business executive. The book also addresses a separate but related issue.
The book is well written and outlines hathcocks shooting career and then his subsequent deployment to vietnam where he carries out the most audacious sniper. In the prologue gregory says while i was in the army 19671970, i got to know some of mcnamaras substandard soldiers, and i vowed that someday i would tell their stories and give the historical background. After all, his wartime visits, which were the occasions of moves and countermoves from photo ops to terrorism in the strategy of both sides, and his recent, more or less expiatory journey back must have been made to an. This is the book i read before and the caused the direct comparrison and frustration when reading cent killers. Nixon 191994 was a republican senator from california and the 37th president of the united states. The security of south viet nam is a major interest of the united states as other free nations. Robert mcnamara was born in san francisco, california. He tells about his chronological experiences in the jungles of vietnam where he was deployed for a year. Vietnam war defense secretary seeks reconciliation in hanoi mcnamara to meet old foes.
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. Prior to his presidency, he also served as dwight eisenhowers vice president. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading charlie brown, sniper. In retrospect, mcnamara pinpoints 11 causes for disaster in vietnam 5. It was the height of the vietnam war, and i had volunteered for service in the u. As president johnson marched forward in vietnam, the question of attacking the sam sites had evolved from a simple yesorno proposition to a much more complex choice moderated by his fear of triggering russian or chinese military action. Mcnamara personified the american commitment in vietnam. This multibillion dollar program involved the implantation and monitoring of remote electronic sensors. One morning in the summer of 1967, i sat with more than a hundred men in a room at the armed forces induction center in nashville. The vva veteran, a publication of vietnam veterans of america.
This interview was originally broadcast april 25, 1995. In july of 1965, facing an insurgent viet cong and yet to see signs of a u. The mcnamarataylor report on vietnam 1963 in 1963, defence secretary robert mcnamara and head of the joint chiefs general maxwell taylor spent a week in south vietnam. Mcnamara is a 2003 american documentary film about the life and times of former u. The vietnam war best snipers series book 8 kindle edition by burgess, robert f download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. Veterans and observers of the war often recall the sam threat, and some wish the surfacetoairmissiles could have been neutralized before they were established in. Beyond vietnam, mcnamaras legacy is almost as bitter and the charges as varied. Est 2040 gmt hanoi, vietnam cnn robert mcnamara, secretary of defense during the. Mcnamara on record, reluctantly, on vietnam the new york times. Of all the measures the democratic republic of vietnam drv took to improve its defenses, the introduction of sam missiles in the summer of 1965 was a quantumshift in capability. The vietnam war best snipers series book 12 kindle edition by burgess, robert f download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets.786 1420 994 1089 1120 66 1035 1060 740 272 678 183 437 437 1395 1102 700 416 1478 1163 1498 419 341 740 1438 437 313 342 521 1207 483 230 91 362 1226 45 1249