The study of Politics requires the ability to research and analyse information from a variety of sources, which should help you to develop skills in problem-solving and the ability to weigh arguments and to sift material. Written and verbal skills are necessary to present and discuss your opinions and conclusions in essays and seminars. All of these are qualities which are much valued by employers; in addition, your understanding of political issues, often in changing environments, can also be relevant to the world of work.
Despite requests for its declassification by the National Security Archive in Washington and the Johnson Presidential library in Texas, the study remained classified for thirty five years. Relying on memory but with the benefit of the Pentagon Papers, I occasionally referred to its general conclusions in essays, articles, or book reviews. Examples include my chapter "The Power to Speak and the Power to Listen" in "Secrecy and Foreign Policy", ed. Thomas M. Frank and Edward Weisband, Oxford, 1974; my remarks in "A Vietnam Roundtable", LBJ School of Public Affairs, U. of Texas, 1993; and my article "Experiencing McNamara" in Foreign Policy Magazine, fall 1995. But only the persistence of Professor Ed Moise of Clemson University succeeded in freeing up this 500 page study itself. The deletions from its original text are now being appealed by the National Security Archive.
opinions and conclusions in essays and debates