Robert Strange McNamara (1916-2009), who served as Secretary of Defense for presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, was one of the most significant cabinet members in American history and a towering figure on the world stage during the second half of the twentieth century. Prior to his work in Washington, McNamara, a distinguished accountant and statistician, was President of Ford Motor Company, and afterwards he was President of the World Bank. But it as Secretary of Defense and the architect of the United States strategy in Vietnam that he will always be remembered. In his memoir, Ted Sorensen,Special Counsel to President Kennedy, recalled that JFK considered McNamara to be the "star of his team, calling upon him for advice on a wide range of issues beyond national security, including business and economic matters." Sotheby’s sale of The White House Years of Robert S. McNamara features private papers and memorabilia from his tenure as Secretary of Defense, including his appointment from President Kennedy, extensive correspondence from Mrs. Kennedy, gifts from world leaders, and furnishings from his office and the Cabinet Room.