"We of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations who participated in the decisions on Vietnam acted according to what we thought were the principles and traditions of this nation. We made our decisions in light of those values. Yet we were wrong, terribly wrong. We owe it to future generations to explain why."
"A fascinating and extraordinarily candid examination of the errors of judgment of the 'best and the brightest' of our civilian and military leaders during the Vietnam War. This book should be read and carried throughout their careers by every current and future military officer for decades to come."
"Can anyone remember a public official with the courage to confess error and explain where he and his country went wrong? This is what Robert McNamara does in this brave, honest, honorable and altogether compelling book."