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The Resource Road to disaster : a new history of America's descent into Vietnam, Brian VanDeMark

Road to disaster : a new history of America's descent into Vietnam, Brian VanDeMark

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Road to disaster : a new history of America's descent into Vietnam
Title
Road to disaster
Title remainder
a new history of America's descent into Vietnam
Statement of responsibility
Brian VanDeMark
Title variation
New history of America's descent into Vietnam
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "A provocative reexamination of the "Best and the Brightest" and how and why they led us into the Vietnam War, drawing upon cutting edge research into decision making and unheard audio recordings by Robert McNamara and Clark Clifford"--
  • "The most thoughtful and judicious one-volume history of the war and the American political leaders who presided over the difficult and painful decisions that shaped this history. The book will stand for the foreseeable future as the best study of the tragic mistakes that led to so much suffering."--Robert Dallek. Many books have been written on the tragic decisions regarding Vietnam made by the young stars of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Yet despite millions of words of analysis and reflection, no historian has been able to explain why such decent, brilliant, and previously successful men stumbled so badly. That changes with Road to Disaster. Historian Brian VanDeMark draws upon decades of archival research, his own interviews with many of those involved, and a wealth of previously unheard recordings by Robert McNamara and Clark Clifford, who served as Defense Secretaries for Kennedy and Johnson. Yet beyond that, Road to Disaster is also the first history of the war to look at the cataclysmic decisions of those in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations through the prism of recent research in cognitive science, psychology, and organizational theory to explain why the "Best and the Brightest" became trapped in situations that suffocated creative thinking and willingness to dissent, why they found change so hard, and why they were so blind to their own errors. An epic history of America's march to quagmire, Road to Disaster is a landmark in scholarship and a book of immense importance"--
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1960-
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VanDeMark, Brian
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • photographs
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • United States
  • United States
Target audience
general
Label
Road to disaster : a new history of America's descent into Vietnam, Brian VanDeMark
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The Hazard of Sunk Costs
  • (August 1965 - May 1967)
  • The Jeopardy of Conflicting Loyalties
  • (May 1967 - February 1968)
  • The Difficulty of Ending War
  • (March 1968 - January 1969)
  • The Danger of Unquestioned Assumptions
  • (January - April 1961)
  • The Limits of Imagination
  • (April 1961 - October 1962)
  • The Failure of Anticipation
  • (October 1962 - November 1963)
  • The Peril of Short-Term Thinking
  • (November 1963 - July 1965)
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxx, 622 pages
Isbn
9780062449740
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, photographs
Ownership
*
System control number
  • pr02182477
  • (CaOWLBI)pr02182477
  • 428450
Label
Road to disaster : a new history of America's descent into Vietnam, Brian VanDeMark
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • The Hazard of Sunk Costs
  • (August 1965 - May 1967)
  • The Jeopardy of Conflicting Loyalties
  • (May 1967 - February 1968)
  • The Difficulty of Ending War
  • (March 1968 - January 1969)
  • The Danger of Unquestioned Assumptions
  • (January - April 1961)
  • The Limits of Imagination
  • (April 1961 - October 1962)
  • The Failure of Anticipation
  • (October 1962 - November 1963)
  • The Peril of Short-Term Thinking
  • (November 1963 - July 1965)
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxx, 622 pages
Isbn
9780062449740
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, photographs
Ownership
*
System control number
  • pr02182477
  • (CaOWLBI)pr02182477
  • 428450

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