Oscar winning documentary The Fog of War looks back at the life and career of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara who served under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. It was during his time in office at the war in Vietnam escalated. Prior to his time in service he helped to rebuild the Ford Motor Company in the aftermath of WWII, and upon leaving government he became the President of the World Bank.
McNamara remains the longest ever serving Secretary of Defense having remained in the role for some 2595 days. The documentary makes extensive use of archived footage and features a comprehensive interview with McNamara who at the time of the films release in 2003 was 85 years old, the films director Errol Morris interviewed McNamara for a total of 20 hours.
The interview was focused specifically on each of the “eleven lessons from the Vietnam War” which were taken directly from McNamara’s own 1995 book In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam which became a #1 National Bestseller in the USA and is available to purchase in paperback, hardcover, and audio editions.