Lyndon Johnson, When It Comes To His Role In The Vietnam War, Is Popularly Portrayed As An Irrational Hawkish Leader Who Bullied His Advisers And Refused To Solicit A Wide Range Of Opinions That Depiction, David Barrett Argues, Is Simplistic And Far From Accurate.In This Book, Barrett Contends That Johnson S Insistence On Secrecy, Plus His Colorful Personality, Have Overshadowed His Approach To Policymaking And His Consideration Of A Wide Spectrum Of Opinion From A Variety Of Formal And Informal Advisers Following A Paper Trail Of Memoranda, Letters, Diaries, And Notes, Barrett Not Only Examines How Johnson Dealt With His Advisers And Developed A Complex System Of Consultation But Delves Into Johnson S Personality And Style To Show Their Impact On His Decisions.Despite Johnson S Willingness To Consider Opposing Viewpoints, Barrett Concedes, His Rational Advisory System Nevertheless Produced A Flawed And Fatal Set Of Policies Because They Were Based On An Increasingly Outdated World View.
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- 296 pages
- Uncertain Warriors: Lyndon Johnson And His Vietnam Advisors
- David M. Barrett
- 19 December 2019 David M. Barrett