First published in 1997 to strong and continuing sales, this twenty year old account of the political missteps that created the military disaster in Viet Nam seems headed back to the bestseller lists now that McMaster is the White House’s National Security Advisor. No doubt people will be reading this book with an eye towards McMaster’s potential approach to security–and reading lines like these from the conclusion like tea leaves: “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.”
Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam (9780060929084) by H.R. McMaster. $17.99 trade paper.