An Errol Morris Film
Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature
The Teacher's Guide for The Fog of War provides a series of lesson plans to accompany Errol Morris' Academy Award wining full-length documentary.
Historical Context for The Fog of War
One to three-page summaries of some of the most defining moments in U.S. history provide students with a context for the film.
Activity 2-"Rationality will not save us." The Case of the Cuban Missile Crisis
Critical correspondence from the Cuban missile crisis
Khrushchev letter to Kennedy – October 26, 1962
Khrushchev letter to Kennedy – October 27, 1962
Kennedy letter to Khrushchev – October 27, 1962
Castro's letter to Khrushchev – October 26, 1962
Activity 3- "Belief and seeing are both often wrong." The Tonkin Gulf
Case Study-The Tonkin Gulf Resolution
This case study provides a larger context for the Tonkin Gulf Resolution than appears in The Fog of War and its accompanying Teacher's Guide.
Activity 5-Just War and Proportionality
May 1983 Pastoral Letter on War and Peace
U.S. Catholic Bishops [See the section on Just War criteria.]
Activity 7-Film as Media
Robert S. McNamara - Lessons for The Fog of War – Filmmaker Errol Morris derives eleven lessons from the life of Robert McNamara. Robert McNamara articulates a different list. Compare McNamara's own lessons with the lessons Errol Morris identifies.
Filmmaker Errol Morris invented the "Interrotron" to capture one-on-one conversation without the distance created by the third person (the camera).
McNamara, Robert S. and Blight, James G. Wilson's Ghost: Reducing the Risk of Conflict, Killing and Catastrophe in the 21st Century (expanded paperback edition, PublicAffairs, 2003).
McNamara, Robert S. In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam (Times Books, 1995);
McNamara, Robert S. and Blight, James G. and Brigham, Robert K. (with contributions by Thomas J. Biersteker and Col. Herbert Y. Schandler), Argument Without End: In Search of Answers to the Vietnam Tragedy (PublicAffairs, 1999).
The National Security Archives provide declassified documents on a wide range of topics.