|Plot Summary of In Retrospect|
|"Former US Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara's autobiography spans the period from his early childhood in San Francisco to the day of his departure from office in 1968. The main focus of the book, however, lies on the decisions and considerations that led to the Vietnam war and its continuance throughout the sixties. McNamara retrospective account is enriched with reflections upon the diplomatic mistakes made during that period that could have been avoided and ends with a chapter on the lessons of Vietnam for the future of US diplomacy. The book also contains a comprehensive appendix including a series of reactions from leading scholars, journalists, and former colleagues of McNamara. "
Dorothea Lotter, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of In Retrospect|
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War/Cloak & Dagger story?
- Led as politician
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- politician/elected ruler
- long lived adults
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
- Southeast Asia
- Washington D.C.
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Is book humorous?
If humorous, kind of humor
Commentary on society?
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
- A ton 16-20 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
A LOT of info about personal vices?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
How much is philosophy rather than life story?
- 0-25% of book
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