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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
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "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"--
  • "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"--
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DLC
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1960-
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VanDeMark, Brian
Dewey number
959.704/30973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DS558.2
LC item number
.V36 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Road to disaster : a new history of America's descent into Vietnam, Brian VanDeMark
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
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) -- 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)
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Custom House hardcover edition.
Extent
xxx, 622 pages
Isbn
9780062449740
Lccn
2018029871
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • on1054264205
  • (OCoLC)1054264205
  • 990803
Label
Road to disaster : a new history of America's descent into Vietnam, Brian VanDeMark
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
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) -- 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)
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Custom House hardcover edition.
Extent
xxx, 622 pages
Isbn
9780062449740
Lccn
2018029871
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • on1054264205
  • (OCoLC)1054264205
  • 990803

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