Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Fog of War


Source Google Video

Robert S. McNamara discusses his experiences and lessons learned during his tenure as Secretary of Defense under John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. He talks about his work as a bombing statistician during World War II, his brief tenure as president of Ford Motor Company, and the Kennedy administration's triumph during the Cuban Missile Crisis. However, the film focuses primarily on his failures in Vietnam. The theme of the film are his "eleven lessons" learned during this time. Some of these include improving military efficiency, understanding your enemy, and the frustrations of trying to deal with (and unsuccessfully trying to change) human nature.

Resources:

In the Library:

• Dobbs, Michael. One minute to midnight : Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the brink of nuclear war. [WorldCat]

• Freedman, Lawrence. Kennedy's wars : Berlin, Cuba, Laos, and Vietnam. [WorldCat]

• McNamara, Robert S. Argument without end : in search of answers to the Vietnam tragedy. [WorldCat]

• McNamara, Robert S. In retrospect : the tragedy and lessons of Vietnam. [WorldCat]


On the Web:

Fog of War: The Official Site

CNN Cold War Episode Interviewing Robert S. McNamara