With honor: Melvin Laird in war, peace, and politics

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[2008]
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In 1968, at the peak of the Vietnam War, centrist Congressman Melvin Laird (R-WI) agreed to serve as Richard Nixon's secretary of defense. It was not, Laird knew, a move likely to endear him to the American public--but as he later said, "Nixon couldn't find anybody else who wanted the damn job." For the next four years, Laird deftly navigated the morass of the war he had inherited. Lampooned as a "missile head," but decisive in crafting an exit strategy, he doggedly pursued his program of Vietnamization, initiating the withdrawal of U.S. military personnel and gradually ceding combat responsibilities to South Vietnam. In fighting to bring the troops home faster, pressing for more humane treatment of POWs, and helping to end the draft, Laird employed a powerful blend of disarming Midwestern candor and Washington savvy, as he sought a high moral road bent on Nixon's oft-stated (and politically instrumental) goal of peace with honor. The first book ever to focus on Laird's legacy, this authorized biography reveals his central and often unrecognized role in managing the crisis of national identity sparked by the Vietnam War--and the challenges, ethical and political, that confronted him along the way. Drawing on exclusive interviews with Laird, Henry Kissinger, Gerald Ford, and numerous others, author Dale Van Atta offers a sympathetic portrait of a man striving for open government in an atmosphere fraught with secrecy. Van Atta illuminates the inner workings of high politics: Laird's behind-the-scenes sparring with Kissinger over policy, his decisions to ignore Nixon's wilder directives, his formative impact on arms control and health care, his key role in the selection of Ford for vice president, his frustration with the country's abandonment of Vietnamization, and, in later years, his unheeded warning to Donald Rumsfeld that "it's a helluva lot easier to get into a war than to get out of one." Best Books for Regional Special Interests, selected by the American Association of School Librarians, and Best Books for Special Interests, selected by the Public Library Association
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BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- General
Biographies
Biography
Cabinet officers
Cabinet officers -- United States -- Biography
Electronic book
Electronic books
Employees
Friendship
HISTORY -- Military -- Other
Laird, Melvin R
Legislators
Legislators -- United States -- Biography
Legislators -- Wisconsin -- Biography
Nixon, Richard M. -- (Richard Milhous), -- 1913-1994
Nixon, Richard M. -- (Richard Milhous), -- 1913-1994 -- Friends and associates
Nixon, Richard Milhous, -- 1913-1994
Politics and government
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Military Science
United States
United States -- Politics and government -- 1963-1969
United States -- Politics and government -- 1969-1974
United States. -- Congress. -- House
United States. -- Congress. -- House -- Biography
United States. -- Department of Defense
United States. -- Department of Defense -- Officials and employees -- Biography
United States. -- Dept. of Defense -- Officials and employees -- Biography
Vietnam War (1961-1975)
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- United States
Wisconsin
title_displayWith honor : Melvin Laird in war, peace, and politics
title_fullWith honor : Melvin Laird in war, peace, and politics / Dale Van Atta ; foreword by Gerald R. Ford
With honor [electronic resource] : Melvin Laird in war, peace, and politics / Dale Van Atta ; foreword by Gerald R. Ford
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title_subMelvin Laird in war, peace, and politics
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Cabinet officers
Employees
Friends and associates
Friendship
General
HISTORY
Laird, Melvin R
Legislators
Military
Military Science
Nixon, Richard M
Nixon, Richard Milhous
Officials and employees
Other
Politics and government
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING
Vietnam War, 1961-1975