Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara
Directed by Errol Morris
Review: The video is a documentary of an interview with Robert Strange McNamara, who was Secretary of Defense for seven years during the Vietnam War era and during the presidental terms of Kennedy and Johnson. In World War II, he was involved in the bombardment of Japan. Prior to his term as Secretary, he was the president of Ford Motor Company. RSM was eighty-five years old when the interview took place.
Best quote from RSM: "If we can't persuade nations with comparable values of the merits of our cause, we'd better re-examine our reasons."
Most memorable fact: In one single night of incendiary bombardment, fifty square miles in Tokoyo were destroyed and one hundred-thousand men, women, and children were killed.
The Eleven Lessons discussed by RSM: