Yes, Goldwater had hard-line views. But he backed alliances and understood the global order as something grander than a protection racket.
Gordon M. Goldstein is the author of Lessons In Disaster: McGeorge Bundy and The Path To War in Vietnam.
Vietnam loomed large over Obama’s decision to send more troops to Afghanistan. Historian Gordon M. Goldstein, whose book the president has been reading, on why he thinks Obama might get things right.