In Retrospect: Tragedy & Lessons of Vietnam Part 1

Mr. McNamara discussed his new book, In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam, published by Times Books. The book deals… read more

Mr. McNamara discussed his new book, In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam, published by Times Books. The book deals with his life and career as a public servant, focusing on his role as the Secretary of Defense from 1961 to 1968. According to Mr. McNamara, he viewed the Vietnam War as a “failure” as early as 1966, and that he started the Pentagon Papers to leave a record of the “mistakes” leading to the war. He also discussed his reasons for writing the book. During the interview, Mr. McNamara responded to an audio tape of a caller whose brother died in the Vietnam War and who described the pain the book and the memories associated with it caused her. He said he understood her position and hoped that “she would find some healing if she read the book.” close

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Program ID:
64642-2
Category:
Booknotes
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Booknotes
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Sep 20, 2003

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  • Sep 20, 2003 | 6:59pm EDT | C-SPAN 2

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