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VanDeMark, Brian 1960-

Overview
Works: 24 works in 119 publications in 6 languages and 8,376 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  History  Conference papers and proceedings  Naval history 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by Brian VanDeMark
In retrospect : the tragedy and lessons of Vietnam by Robert S McNamara( Book )

39 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and German and held by 4,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert S. McNamara, secretary of defense for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, helped lead America into Vietnam. McNamara believed that the fight against communism in Asia was worth the sacrifice of American lives, and yet he eventually came to believe that the war was, in fact, unwinnable. Outnumbered by those who wanted to continue fighting, he left the Johnson administration and his involvement in Vietnam behind. He refused any public comment on the war, and for almost three decades has kept his silence - until the nineties. Drawing on his personal experience and a wealth of documentation - much of it only declassified decades later, and some presented here for the first time ever - McNamara has crafted an insider account of Vietnam policy making. He reveals exactly how we stumbled into the war, and exactly why it quickly became so difficult to pull out. McNamara takes us into the Oval Office for late-night discussions with the president, into the halls of the Pentagon as military strategy is argued, and into the chambers of Congress as policy is debated. He also reveals his own inner torment as the war effort becomes increasingly frustrating, and then utterly disastrous. The result is a book that is not only history of the highest order, but also revealing portrait of the trials of leadership.--adapted from publisher description
Into the quagmire : Lyndon Johnson and the escalation of the Vietnam War by Brian VanDeMark( )

20 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in English and held by 2,599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In November of 1964, as Lyndon Johnson celebrated his landslide victory over Barry Goldwater, the government of South Vietnam lay in a shambles. Ambassador Maxwell Taylor described it as a country beset by "chronic factionalism, civilian-military suspicion and distrust, absence of national spirit and motivation, lack of cohesion in the social structure, lack of experience in the conduct of government." Virtually no one in the Johnson Administration believed that Saigon could defeat the communist insurgency--and yet by July of 1965, a mere nine months later, they would lock the United States on a path toward massive military intervention which would ultimately destroy Johnson's presidency and polarize the American people. Into the Quagmire presents a closely rendered, almost day-by-day account of America's deepening involvement in Vietnam during those crucial nine months. Mining a wealth of recently opened material at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and elsewhere, Brian VanDeMark vividly depicts the painful unfolding of a national tragedy. We meet an LBJ forever fearful of a conservative backlash, which he felt would doom his Great Society, an unsure and troubled leader grappling with the unwanted burden of Vietnam; George Ball, a maverick on Vietnam, whose carefully reasoned (and, in retrospect, strikingly prescient) stand against escalation was discounted by Rusk, McNamara, and Bundy; and Clark Clifford, whose last-minute effort at a pivotal meeting at Camp David failed to dissuade Johnson from doubling the number of ground troops in Vietnam. What comes across strongly throughout the book is the deep pessimism of all the major participants as things grew worse--neither LBJ, nor Bundy, nor McNamara, nor Rusk felt confident that things would improve in South Vietnam, that there was any reasonable chance for victory, or that the South had the will or the ability to prevail against the North. And yet deeper into the quagmire they went
Road to disaster : a new history of America's descent into Vietnam by Brian VanDeMark( Book )

12 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The most thoughtful and judicious one-volume history of the war and the American political leaders who presided over the difficult and painful decisions that shaped this history. The book will stand for the foreseeable future as the best study of the tragic mistakes that led to so much suffering."--Robert Dallek. Many books have been written on the tragic decisions regarding Vietnam made by the young stars of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Yet despite millions of words of analysis and reflection, no historian has been able to explain why such decent, brilliant, and previously successful men stumbled so badly. That changes with Road to Disaster. Historian Brian VanDeMark draws upon decades of archival research, his own interviews with many of those involved, and a wealth of previously unheard recordings by Robert McNamara and Clark Clifford, who served as Defense Secretaries for Kennedy and Johnson. Yet beyond that, Road to Disaster is also the first history of the war to look at the cataclysmic decisions of those in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations through the prism of recent research in cognitive science, psychology, and organizational theory to explain why the "Best and the Brightest" became trapped in situations that suffocated creative thinking and willingness to dissent, why they found change so hard, and why they were so blind to their own errors. An epic history of America's march to quagmire, Road to Disaster is a landmark in scholarship and a book of immense importance"--
Pandora's keepers : nine men and the atomic bomb by Brian VanDeMark( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"There were nine of them: men with the names Oppenheimer, Teller, Fermi, Bohr, Lawrence, Bethe, Rabi, Szilard, and Compton - brilliant men who believed in science and who saw before anyone else did the awesome workings of an invisible world. They came from many places, some fleeing Nazism in Europe, others quietly slipping out of university teaching jobs, all gathering in secret wartime laboratories to create the world's first atomic bomb. At one such place hidden away in the mountains of northern New Mexico - Los Alamos - they would crack the secret of the nuclear chain reaction and construct a device that incinerated a city and melted its victims so thoroughly that the only thing left was their scorched outlines on the sidewalks." "During the war, few of the atomic scientists questioned the wisdom of their desperate endeavor. But afterward, they were forced to deal with the sobering legacy of their creation. Some were haunted by the dead of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and would become anti-nuclear weapons activists; others would go on to build bigger and even deadlier bombs. Some would remain friends; others would become bitter rivals and enemies. In explaining their lives and their struggles, Brian VanDeMark superbly illuminates the ways in which these brilliant and sensitive men came to terms with their horrific creation. The result is spectacular history and a moral investigation of the highest order."--Jacket
American sheikhs : two families, four generations, and the story of America's influence in the Middle East by Brian VanDeMark( Book )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documents the founding and history of the American University of Beirut, alma mater to many of the biggest minds in Middle Eastern politics, focusing on the efforts of two dueling families to build a greater school than the other
In retrospect : the tragedy and lessons of Vietnam by Robert S McNamara( Recording )

6 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Former secretary of defense Robert McNamara's retrospective look at the American foreign policy that led the U.S. into the Vietnam War and the many lessons learned thereafter
Avec le recul : la tragédie du Vietnam et ses leçons by Robert S McNamara( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in French and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'autocritique du secrétaire à la Défense de Kennedy et Johnson, de janvier 1961 à 1968, et des informations de première main, non seulement sur ces sept années de guerre, mais sur la machinerie gouvernementale américaine et son fonctionnement
Road to disaster : a new history of America's descent into Vietnam by Brian VanDeMark( Recording )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many books have been written on the tragic decisions regarding Vietnam made by the young stars of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Yet despite millions of words of analysis and reflection, no historian has been able to explain why such decent, brilliant, and previously successful men stumbled so badly, until now
Hò̂i ký Robert S. McNamara : những thảm kịch và bài học Việt Nam by Robert S McNamara( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in Vietnamese and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mai na ma la yue zhan hui gu : jue ce yu jiao xun by Mai Na Ma La( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in Chinese and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mainamala Yue zhan hui gu : jue ce yu jiao xun = In retrospect : the tragedy and lessons of Vietnam by Robert S McNamara( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in Chinese and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vgli︠a︡dyvai︠a︡s' v proshloe : tragedii︠a︡ i uroki V'etnama by Robert S McNamara( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in Russian and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vietnam Round Table : Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, March 9-10, 1991 by Vietnam Round Table( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anxious days : the foreign policy debate in America during the summer of 1940 by Brian Stevens Van De Mark( )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

FRAUD: Into the quagmire : Lyndon Johnson and the escalation of the Vietnam War by Brian VanDeMark( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The early Cold War by United States Naval Academy History Symposium( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Hui gu : yue zhan de bei ju he jiao xun = In retrospect : the tragedy and lessons of Vietnam by Mai na ma la( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in Chinese and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

New interpretations in naval history : selected papers from the eleventh Naval History Symposium, held at the United States Naval Academy, 21-23 October 1993 by United States Naval Academy History Symposium( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Pandora's keepers : nine men and the atomic bomb by Brian VanDeMark( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

New interpretations in naval history : selected papers from the Ninth Naval History Symposium held at the United States Naval Academy, 18-20 October 1989 by United States Naval Academy History Symposium( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Der er her tale om en række publicerede indlæg fra et større flådehistorisk symposium afholdt på den amerikanske søofficersskole, Annapolis, i september 1991. Symposiet omtaler alle komponenter i sømagt fra det 12. århundrede og til den anden verdenskrig
 
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In retrospect : the tragedy and lessons of Vietnam
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Into the quagmire : Lyndon Johnson and the escalation of the Vietnam WarPandora's keepers : nine men and the atomic bombAmerican sheikhs : two families, four generations, and the story of America's influence in the Middle EastNew interpretations in naval history : selected papers from the eleventh Naval History Symposium, held at the United States Naval Academy, 21-23 October 1993
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De Mark, Brian van

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Mark, Brian van de

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Van De Mark, Brian Stevens 1960-

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