In Retrospect by Robert S. McNamara


I had to read this book for my Post 1945 US History class. Believe me, I would not have picked this up on my own merit. I may have enjoyed it more if I didn’t have to read the whole thing over one weekend.

Rating: [1/5]

Reading Challenge: A book with more than 500 pages

Summary: This book is a memoir by the former Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara. He was the longest-serving Secretary of Defense in American history, serving both the Kennedy and Johnson presidencies. The memoir covers his early life and his involvement with the Vietnam War under both presidential regimes.

Likes: There were a few really interesting personal anecdotes about how the public reacted to the Vietnam War and how his family handled the situations. Those are the kinds of things you don’t normally learn in history books.

Dislikes: The book was incredibly long and not that interesting. Most of it was all about how everyone was confused about what to do.

TL;DR: Read this book if you really like history or have a special interest in the Vietnam War.



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