H. R. McMaster was the 26th assistant to the president for National Security Affairs and served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for thirty-four years before retiring as a Lieutenant General in June 2018. He is author of the award-winning book, Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam. He has published scores of essays, articles, and book reviews on leadership, history, and the future of warfare in many publications including Foreign Affairs, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. McMaster was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1984. He holds a PhD in military history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Praise for H.R. McMaster's Dereliction of Duty
'A stunning book: eloquent and highly effective. The word noble
would not be going too far.'
Paul Fussell, author of The Great War & Modern Memory
'Well-written and full of enlightening new details ...
Significantly adds to the historical record of a great national
Arnold R. Isaacs, Washington Post
'Carefully researched and vividly narrated, H.R. McMaster's book
adds a new and disturbing dimension to an understanding of the
decisions that propelled us into the Vietnam war. It should be read
by anyone interested in the origins of one of the great tragedies
in American history.'
Stanley Karnow, Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of Vietnam: A History
'A book to boggle your mind with new revelations of ineptness,
duplicity, and arrogance amongst the senior-most officials of the
United States ... McMaster pastes all the puzzle pieces together to
reveal a plot Shakespearean in its proportions ... McMaster's
scholarship and presentation is exemplary. The author's arguments
are coherent and convincing and important to the historical
Peter Arnett, The Washington Monthly
'An outstanding example of historical research, interpretation,
scholarship, and fair-minded analysis.'
Donald Kagan, author of On the Origins of War