As a young man, Craig McNamara walked lightly on the edge of history, befriending the Kennedy family and visiting the Johnson White House. The youngest child of Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara had no idea that the late 60s would tear apart his once close-knit family.
The Vietnam War, secretly planned and more-secretly doubted by his father, began Craig McNamara’s lifelong struggle between family love and the desire for ultimate truth—about his father’s true nature, the nature of the American system, and the meaning of loyalty.
At once the lament of an unusually tender son and a shout from the dark heart of the 20th century, BECAUSE OUR FATHERS LIED tells the story of a child grappling with a parent's legacy. In scenes of incredible intimacy, Craig McNamara shows the unseen side of his father, the architect of the Vietnam War: an adoring but distracted husband, a worshipper of nature who carpet-bombed forests, and a devoted, vulnerable, deeply flawed father.
As he evolves from the son of the Pentagon Chief to a college drop-out, draft dodger, and motorcycle diarist, Craig McNamara traces the path of a generation growing up in the midst of war, yearning for ways to heal the world. In his later years, as he attempts to rebuild his relationship with his father, McNamara discovers new truths through a career in organic farming, ploughing the soils of Northern California as he excavates the depths and subtleties of an unresolvable trauma. A lover of peace, forever the child of war.
BECAUSE OUR FATHERS LIED is the defining father-son story of a generation.