He started as one of the "Whiz Kids" that turned Ford around in the 1940s, worked his way up to the presidency of the company (the first non-Ford to do so) and then served as Defense Secretary under Kennedy and Johnson. Very controversial in his time for escalating the war, and later making a mess of the World Bank, Robert McNamara later would come to regret many of the choices he made -- something he discussed in detail in Errol Morris' Oscar-winning documentary, The Fog of War, which I saw at a Hamilton Art Gallery fundraiser a few years back.
McNamara died today at the age of 93. I don't know whether to classify him as a hero or a villian, or someone troubled by what he did. But I would highly recommend the movie to anyone who wants an idea of what made him tick.
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