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Herbert Raymond McMaster was born on July 24, 1962 in Philadelphia. He is a U.S. Army lieutenant general and the 26th National Security Advisor. His military assignments include Director of Army Capabilities Integration Center and Deputy Commanding General, Futures, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine visa mer Command. McMaster earned a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in American history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His thesis was critical of American strategy in the Vietnam War, which was further detailed in his 1997 book Dereliction of Duty. In this book McMaster's explores the military's role in the policies of the Vietnam War. The book criticized high-ranking officers of that era, arguing that they inadequately challenged Defense Secretary Robert McNamara and President Lyndon Johnson on their Vietnam strategy. His other titles include The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell, Lesson for a Long War: How America can Win on New Battlefields and Ideas and Weapons: Influence and Perception in Modern Warfare. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

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I love to read about the behind-the-scenes machinations of political leaders and how they arrive at their decisions. This is an older book based on McMaster's PhD thesis when he was a major in the Army. Later, he became Trump's National Security Advisor. I wish he would write a book devoted to those two years. Juicy machinations.
ben_r47 | 12 andra recensioner | Feb 22, 2024 |
Humdum. Many good observations, mostly already known. Many statements without exploration. Turned into a slog at the end.
ebethe | 1 annan recension | Feb 4, 2023 |
​I picked up a copy of H.R. McMaster's 1997 book "Dereliction of Duty" after he was named as President Trump's second National Security Advisor. While the book was written twenty years ago, I hoped the book would provide some insights into how General McMaster looks at the role of a presidential advisor and that relationship with a President during time of war. McMaster was critical of LBJ's military and security advisors in their dealing President Johnson and in their advice during the Vietnam War. President Johnson's advisors proved unwilling or unable to provide clear, honest advice. According to McMaster, they lied to the President, to the Nation, and possibly even to themselves. Apparently more interested in holding onto their jobs, 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.

Fast forward twenty years, and now General McMaster is in the same position as some of the people he was critical of during the Vietnam War. I now wonder if he's taken the lessons of his book to heart, and will be willing and able to provide sound military and security advice to President Trump. I'm leaning to the belief that he will. However, McMaster was sent out to meet with the media and speak the party line after President Trump apparently revealed intelligence about ISIS when meeting with the Russians, possibly endangering foreign intelligence sources and relationships. On the other hand, there have been stories of Trump and McMaster having yelling matches behind closed doors, certainly making it sound like the General is doing his best to provide honest and sound advice to the President, even if it runs contrary to the President's beliefs and ideology.
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rsutto22 | 12 andra recensioner | Jul 15, 2021 |
Tried to read/listen to this, for professional reasons. Only 30 minutes in, it became obvious that the listen would be an academic slog through mile-long parenthetical sentence structure giving details originating the beginning of recorded time through last week. So, I gave up and sent the file back to the library.
buffalogr | 1 annan recension | May 30, 2021 |

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