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Perhaps you were among those scoffing at In Retrospect, Robert McNamara’s account of the Vietnam War, a transparent attempt at self-vindication. Now it’s Washington Post reporter Paul Hendrickson’s turn. In The Living and the Dead: Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War, an exhaustive and passionate portrait of the former secretary of war told from the perspectives of a handful of people affected by his decisions, Hendrickson dares to do what McNamara would not: tell the truth. “The deeper I went into McNamara’s life,” Hendrickson says, “the more lies there were, and the bigger they were, and I was completely unprepared for it.” Come hear Hendrickson’s take on McNamara at noon at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library Main Lobby, 901 G St. NW. FREE. (202) 727-1186. (Julie Wakefield)