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Oct 28, 1997
| ISBN 9780679781172
Feb 18, 2015
| ISBN 9780804153379
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Oct 28, 1997 | ISBN 9780679781172
Feb 18, 2015 | ISBN 9780804153379
A New York Times Notable Book of the YearFinalist for the Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism"Meticulous in detail, epic in scope, psychologically sophisticated and spiritually rich, it ranks with The Best and the Brightest and All the President’s Men."–San Francisco Chronicle More than the two presidents he served or the 58,000 soldiers who died for his policies, Robert McNamara was the official face of Vietnam, the technocrat with steel-rimmed glasses and an ironclad faith in numbers who kept insisting that the war was winnable long after he had ceased to believe it was. This brilliantly insightful, morally devastating book tells us why he believed, how he lost faith, and what his deceptions cost five of the war’s witnesses and McNamara himself.In The Living and the Dead, Paul Hendrickson juxtaposes McNamara’s story with those of a wounded Marine, an Army nurse, a Vietnamese refugee, a Quaker who burned himself to death to protest the war, and an enraged artist who tried to kill the man he saw as the war’s architect. The result is a book whose exhaustive research and imaginative power turn history into an act of reckoning, damning and profoundly sympathetic, impossible to put down and impossible to forget. "A masterpiece. . . . [Hendrickson] has a gift with language that most writers can only dream about. " –Philadelphia Inquirer "Approaches Shakespearian tragedy." –The New York Times Book Review
One of the finest books to emerge from the Vietnam experience, The Living and the Dead presents a brilliant study of Robert McNamara, his decision-making during the war, and the way his decisions affected his own life and the lives of five individuals. A monumental work about power, its abuse, and its victims, this meticulously researched, beautifully written, explosive, and passionate book is often in conflict with McNamara’s version of events. First serial in the Washington Post. 8 photos.
PAUL HENDRICKSON is the author of the New York Times best seller and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, and Sons of Mississippi: A Story of Race and Its Legacy, which won the 2003 National Book Critics… More about Paul Hendrickson
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