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Host: The Heritage Foundation. With the approaching announcement of the new President’s Cabinet members, we are reminded of the singular importance they can play in the advancement of public policy. Former Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird was just such an appointee. In 1968, at the peak of the Vietnam War, the Republican Congressman from Wisconsin agreed to serve in Richard Nixon’s Cabinet. Laird knew that serving as Secretary of Defense was a move not likely to endear him to the American public. But for the next four years, he deftly navigated the morass of the war he had inherited. In the first book to focus on Laird’s legacy, Dale Van Atta reveals the central and often unrecognized role Laird played in managing the crisis of national identity sparked by the Vietnam War – and the challenges, ethical and political, that confronted him along the way.

Official Website: http://www.heritage.org/press/events/ev112108a.cfm

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