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Wilson's Ghost: Reducing the Risk of Conflict, Killing, and Catastrophe in the 21st Century

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With Wilson's Ghost, Robert S. McNamara and James G. Blight deliver an impassioned plea and a decisive and multi-faceted program for making the 21st century a more peaceful century than the last. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the concern about weapons of mass destruction, and the war that has followed, have made their argument even more imperative.

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Robert S. McNamara served as secretary of defense to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and is the author of In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam, and co-author of Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy.
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