The Open Book Review of this online publication invites readers to participate in the ideas raised by the book's author. No longer easy in one's easy chair, today's online reader has the responsibility and the opportunity to think digitally, in public, on the Internet. This means that a reader can now talk back to a book, to say what he thinks, and his opinions and thoughts are then woven into a cyberextension of the book in the form of an Open Book Review.
We have selected sections or "talking points" from Robert McNamara's book, "In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam," and appended them to a forum which enables readers to talk to the publication or among themselves about some of the issues raised in this timely and important book. This is an unmoderated forum. Your posts to the forum will be included without editing or intermediation.
History is a fabric woven out threads from all our lives; the Internet puts recorded history into the hands of many millions of people sitting at computer terminals around the world. We thank Mr. McNamara and his publisher, Times Books, for bravely publishing his words on the global Internet, and leading the way to a new frontier in publishing with the advent of the Open Book Review.