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History Department

Brian VanDeMark  

  •  Phone: (410) 293-6282
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  •   Department of History
        United States Naval Academy
        572 Holloway Road 
        Annapolis, MD 21402


  • University of California, Los Angeles (1988)
    • Ph.D., History
  • University of Texas, Austin  (1983)
    • M.A., History
  • University of Texas, Austin  (1981)
    • B.A., Plan II

Major Publications

Road to Disaster

Road to Disaster:  A New History of America's Descent into Vietnam (HarperCollins, 2018; paperback ed., 2019)

American Sheiks

American Sheikhs: Two Families, Four Generations, and the Story of America's Influence in the Middle East (Prometheus Books, 2012)

Pandora's Keeper

Pandora's Keepers: Nine Men and the Atomic Bomb (paperback ed., Little Brown, Back Bay Books, 2005)

In Retrospect

Robert S. McNamara with Brian VanDeMark, In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam (Times Books, 1995; paperback ed., Vintage Books, 1996)

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Into the Quagmire: Lyndon Johnson and the Escalation of the Vietnam War (Oxford University Press, 1991; paperback ed., 1995)

Research assistant to Clark Clifford with Richard Holbrooke, Counsel to the President: A Memoir (Random House, 1991; paperback ed., Anchor Books, 1992)

Research Areas

  • International History
  • American Diplomatic History

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor to Professor, U.S. Naval Academy (1990 - Present)

  • Visiting Fellow, St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford (Spring 2002)

  • Freeman Professor of American History, Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Nanjing, China (1999-2000)
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