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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So the question is, what was the quality of their advising?

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It’s been a few years since I read “Dereliction of Dut It you like histories of the bureaucratic minutiae and system failures that lead to bad advice badly given, institutional paralysis in the face of collapsing strategy and a determined refusual to accept reality which I do you will love this book.

Apparently more interested in holding onto their mcmaste, their power, and their prestige, they failed to challenge the president, to set goals and objectives in the war, and told the President pretty much what he wanted to hear.

Are there lessons here? His thesis is that the exclusion of the dutu leadership from decision-making by Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, led to incoherent and contradictory actions that were compounded as the war progressed. The principal civilian planners had determined that to guarantee American credibility, it was not necessary to win in Vietnam.

It is easy to say that Johnson had a choice that needed to be made and he tried to ignore it hoping it would go away.

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While it is admittedly not the main point of McMaster’s book, I believe this is an important discussion for readers to have, especially because of McMaster’s current role as National Security Advisor to President Trump. 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 flat 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.


His dogged research unearthed thousands of pages of material denied other historians and writers. There’s a sense of sadness that permeates this reading.

No wonder, then, that General Fogelman, himself an acute student of history, would pay close attention to work that on nearly every page excoriates his predecessors for their unwillingness to speak and act as their positions required Mar 09, Mark Fallon rated it it was amazing.

Trivia About Dere,iction of Du McMaster’s book is vital in understanding those times and those critical drreliction. Skip to Main Content. And the President is the embodiment of that civilian control. Write a customer review. He may be mcmasyer. If a general disagrees with his president on a policy, he should resign or be fired.

I picked up this book less out of interest in Vietnam and more out of interest in how McMaster might approach his position as National Security Advisor.

McMaster’s comprehensive, balanced and relentless exploration of the specific role of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Paperbackpages. McMaster argues that LBJ was powerfully, primarily concerned with his domestic policy agenda, wasn’t terribly interested in foreign affairs and didn’t understand military power or military policy.

The overarching goals and strategies for the U. What makes this enticing is the background of the author. Johnson ‘s staff, alongside the military and particularly the Joint Chiefs of Staffto provide a successful plan of action to pacify either a Viet Cong insurgency or decisively defeat the North Vietnamese Army.


Though he had spent a good deal of time as a reporter in Vietnam during the early s, Halberstam took the same American-centered, Washington-centered, history-from-the top approach as McMaster and dozens of other writers. I am not sure that I learned too many things that I did not already know.

Buy the selected items together This item: Return to Book Page. I cannot say that this is an excellent book, but it is a very interesting book.

Analysis by McMaster of the content of their disagreements could have helped derrliction the respective merits. It is a compelling story, made more so by the fact it was written by a career officer on active duty.

The book was widely read in Pentagon circles and included in military reading lists. He makes the point that the JCS knew better than anyone how the U. It is a high standard.

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McMaster’s scrutiny of the Joint Chiefs and their advice on commitment to South Viet Nam as well as various entities at State, USAID, and the Director of Central Intelligence and how the military experts were either ignored or shut down by an exclusive clique of like-minded people with access to the President is a great piece of history.

Given the abrupt and ignominious departure of his predecessor he probably has a bit more room to disagree with the currency president than other appointees have. He focused on his domestic agenda. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. By virtue of his actions [in the Gulf War], McMaster became a hero