As an active-duty soldier, McMaster probably felt compelled to accept the job out of deference to the commander-in-chief—whoever he or she. The book was Dereliction of Duty, a published version of a recent McMaster’s subtitle was “Lyndon Johnson, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the. A Review Essay of H. R. McMaster’s. Dereliction of Duty. JAMES J. WIRTZ. Few events in recent memory have received as much scholarly and popular attention .

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Don’t have a Kindle? The book starts with and Kennedy but quickly moves on to Johnson, who wanted his Great Society domestic program passed so badly that he literally ncmaster out lied — continuously — to the Congress and America about his efforts to sink us into Vietnam — without any goals or exit strategies, I might say.

National Security Adviser H. McMaster does have an axe to grind, but it is one that is sharp to begin with. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I cannot say that this is an excellent book, but it is a very interesting book. This is more than a “good” book, this is one of the must have books on the Vietnam war. It’s been a few years since I read “Dereliction of Duty” but it is quite a book.

Interservice rivalry prevented the JCS from speaking with one voice on Vietnam policy, which contributed to the parochialism over how the war was to be fought. Yet more than 40 years after the derellction of Saigon, Americans are beginning to acknowledge that the Vietnamese had something to do with it.

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The book was Dereliction of Duty, a published version of a recent history dissertation completed at the University of North Carolina by an Army Major named H. American GIs in Vietnam, including this author, usually saw the South Vietnamese government and army as incompetent and ineffective.

Mar 09, Mark Fallon rated it it was amazing. It is a high standard. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Any one service chief has to have some degree of professional loyalty to the president who picked him.


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The odd thing is that a reading in today’s time is startlingly relevant. The principal civilian planners had determined that to guarantee American credibility, it was not necessary to win in Vietnam. Instead of being advisors who explained the potential courses of action given a desired result, they were tacticians, who tried to do what they could with what the resources they were given.

McMaster is a serving career Army officer with a PhD. I appreciate the need to derepiction truth to power and hope that belief follows McMaster through his current position. And not just during the Vietnam era. I was less than enthusiastic. Trivia About Dereliction of Du And Young “An impressive study thorough in its research and summary in its judgments.

Unfortunately, the JCS contributed to their exclusion by their ‘parochialism’ in which each service tried to get as much for themselves as possible. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He may be right. The Secret History of the Vietnam Oc. In McMaster’s ideal world, as soon as the chiefs saw the war strategy being dictated by civilians who did not know what they were doing, they would resign.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I think HR McMaster does a good job of showing that we stumbled into war over a period of years.

And in a real “ripped from the headlines” update McMaster has been appointed head of the National Security Council. The Shaping of America from Roosevelt to Reagan. According to General McMaster not much was spoken of in relation to Vietnam; it is fair to say that pockets of military personnel never forgot and attempted as they could to pass down their personal experiences in almost a subdued manner.

He outlined his arguments about why America lost the Vietnam War, especially the misconceptions about the war by policy makers. No one is going to appoint someone who is not trusted enough to implement mcmasster policy once the decision has been made. What is the ideal balance between military expertise and political acumen in a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs? Gifting of the Kindle edition at the Kindle MatchBook price is not available. McMaster provides a devastating portrait of an administration which stumbled evermore cuty a war it had no interest in and no understanding of.



The JCS thought if they went along with McNamara’s gradualism they would ultimately get the half-million men they wanted. Army officer, Gulf War combat veteran and former history teacher at the U. The only success of that time was the drive to end the debacle of the Vietnam war. All too often advisers are hesitant to disagree with presidents or even give them bad news. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. View all 9 comments. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Can it improve our re-election chances?

McMaster claims that his principal motivations for authoring Dereliction of Duty came from his experience reading the accounts of Vietnam War soldiers while mvmaster as a West Point cadet and his experience as a field commander in Operation Desert Storm.

Another reviewer suggested that the author’s conclusion was that the General’s knew how to win the war, but the reviewer derelictjon the book’s message. Eventually,in just a few years, the “war” ripped apart the fabric of the nation creating wounds t Today’s seemingly djty of respect for government in the United States by its citizens surely had its roots established during the LBJ administration.

I served in Vietnam and thought I knew a lot about the politics of the war. It was off guns or butter. Today, he risks becoming one. It is the job of the Mcmasger to protect us when the President goes a little crazy and our military leaders crumble. Today the chiefs control budget, weapons purchase and training, while the theater commanders to the actual fighting. There’s a sense of sadness that permeates this reading.