THE LIVING AND THE DEAD. Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War.
Edition: First printing.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. dj. Hardcover first edition - A biography of McNamara which focuses on his role as Secretary of Defense, his involvement in the Vietnam War, and his decision to keep publicly supporting that war even after he knew it was unwinnable. Also tells the stories of just five of the many people who were caught up in the wake of his decisions: an artist who tries to kill him after he had resigned from the Cabinet, a Quaker who immolated himself outside the Pentagon, a young Marine scarred by battle, a nurse desperate to believe her agonies in Vietnam were for a good cause, a member of a Saigon family. Photographs, notes, selected bibliography, index. 427 pp. ISBN: 0-679427619.
Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (a tight clean copy, old price on front endpaper.)