The Lessons in Disaster

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Book Review of The Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and The Path To War In Vietnam Enrique Valdez Dr. Snaples 1302-11656 Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM / SACB 1210 Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM / SACB 1210 Goldstein, Gordon M. Lessons in Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and the Path to War in Vietnam. New York: Times /Henry Holt and, 2008. Print. McGeorge Bundy was destined to become born into greatness. His mother was the niece of A. Lawrence Lowell, the president of Harvard University. McGeorge Bundy was born on March 30, 1919. Bundy’s family had great connections with the Harvard University. His father, Harvey Hollister Bundy was a rich man from Michigan who moved to New England to further his education. He went to Yale University, where he was a member of a secret society named Skull and Bones, after Yale he went to Harvard Law School and a clerkship for Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Bundy was a very intelligent person, he once read a paper in front of the class and was unprepared. The teacher did not know he was unprepared by how well his speech was. Bundy applied and got accepted to the University of Yale. He was the first person to record three perfect scores on his college entrance exam. Bundy majored in mathematics while he was in Yale University. It was not long before McGeorge Bundy was invited to join the secret society known as Skull and Bones. McGeorge Bundy graduated from Yale University in the 1940’s. He then accepted a teacher position at Harvard University in the government department. It was not long until Bundy was promoted to Dean of Arts. In the election of 1960, John F Kennedy was elected president. John F Kennedy appointed McGeorge Bundy as his National Security Advisor. While being advisor he was blamed for the escalating of the Vietnam War. The public was also angry with McGeorge Bundy and the Johnson Administration

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