Robert Mcnamara

Craig McNamara reveals the truth behind the lies of his father, Robert McNamara

Thousands of words have been penned about Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson from 1961 to 1968, including by McNamara in his 1996 autobiography, “In Retrospect.” But the latest book about one of. the architects of America’s disastrous Vietnam War...
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Midland Reporter-Telegram

Book World: Robert McNamara as a loving father - who couldn't talk about Vietnam

- - - In 2015, Craig McNamara - the son of former defense secretary Robert McNamara - got in touch with Rich Rusk, son of former secretary of state Dean Rusk. They had a lot in common. Their fathers had been chief promulgators of the war in Vietnam. Both sons had opposed the war. Both loved their fathers desperately, although Rusk once refused to speak to his for 14 years. Both had gone off the grid for extended periods of time - Rusk, salmon fishing in Alaska; McNamara, traveling and, for years, subsistence farming in South America. They talked about visiting Vietnam together, but they never made it. On Jan. 28, 2018, Rusk killed himself by jumping off a bridge.

Certain Songs #2213: Simon & Garfunkel – “A Simple Desultory Philippic (or How I Was Robert McNamara’d into Submission)”

That’s gotta be a question that all of the other major 60’s songwriters had to be asking themselves as he put out one mindblowing album after another in the mid-1960s. Some, like Brian Wilson & Pete Townshend, totally ignored him. Others, like Lou Reed and Neil Young & even Ray Davies, leaned into the freedom he suddenly provided.