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The Unmaking of a President: Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam
The Unmaking of a President: Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam
By Herbert Y. Schandler
Princeton University Press, 1977, 419 pp
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This study, informed by new data from interviews and recently available documents, focuses on the Tet offensive and President Johnson's decision not to run for reelection. The author assigns principal responsibility for the shift in American policy to Clark Clifford, then Secretary of Defense. Colonel Schandler served in the Defense Department in the 1960s and was a compiler of the Pentagon Papers.