In my spare time during slow afternoons, or at four o’clock in the morning, I reread chapters of a very interesting book published a few year ago that I believe did not sell well in-spite of a great deal of extensive dedicated research and excellent writing. It has a great descriptive cover, President Lyndon Johnson and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara conferring at the beginning of the Vietnam war in 1964-1965. The volume is Dereliction of Duty, by H. R. Masters.
It is a highly detailed summary of just how the U. S, became involved in one of the most tragic misbegotten wars in modern history. The book’s period of disclosure ends unfortunately in July 1965, but covers important material that may blow the mind for those who were not born at the time or more likely have forgotten the events leading up to the disastrous quagmire costing…
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