Zinn, Howard, Marilyn Young and Jonathan Schell. "Vietnam War Architect Robert McNamara Dies at 93: A Look at His Legacy With Howard Zinn, Marilyn Young & Jonathan Schell." Democracy Now (July 7, 2009)
Former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara has died at the age of 93. McNamara was one of the key architects of the Vietnam war, which killed at least three million Vietnamese, around one million Cambodians and Laotians, and 58,000 American soldiers. We take a look at McNamara’s legacy with two pre-eminent historians: Howard Zinn and Marilyn Young. We also speak with Jonathan Schell, who covered Vietnam as a reporter in 1967 and met with McNamara in a secret Pentagon meeting.
Howard Zinn, historian and author of many books, including the classic work, “A People’s History of the United States.”
Marilyn Young, Professor of History at NYU and specialist on Vietnamese history. Author of “The Vietnam Wars: 1945-1990” and most recently, “Bombing Civilians: A Twentieth-century History.”
Jonathan Schell, Harold Willens Peace Fellow at The Nation Institute. In ’66 and ’67 he reported from South Vietnam for the New Yorker. He is the author of two books on Vietnam: “The Village of Ben Suc” and “The Military Half.”