Secretaries of Defense Historical Series: McNamara, Clifford, and the Burdens of Vietnam 1965-1969

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Secretaries of Defense Historical Series: McNamara, Clifford, and the Burdens of Vietnam 1965-1969


Scott, Katharine, Army


Secretaries of Defense Historical Series: McNamara, Clifford, and the Burdens of Vietnam 1965-1969. Edward J. Dree. United States Department of Defense. 694 pages; black-and-white photographs; maps; index; $68.00.

McNamara, Clifford, and the Burdens of Vietnam 1965-1969 is the sixth volume offered in the Secretaries of Defense Historical Series. The five previous volumes document the history of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). Volume VI marks a slight change in the series as reflected by the change in name to the Secretaries of Defense Historical Series. This change in title is meant to indicate a more acute analysis of the secretaries of defense and their staffs, rather than of the office itself.

This volume documents Robert S. McNamara's last three years as Secretary of Defense before resigning the role to his successor, Clark M. Clifford. Edward Drea captures this frustrating and tumultuous period for the OSD in the last four years of the Lyndon B. …

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