Re: Vanguard: Storming Heaven by David Mack Review Thread (Spoilers!)
I think it's pretty clear that the Vanguard saga was not meant to depict the Federation's finest hour, but rather was about revealing one of its darker secrets.
Exactly. The anger and mistrust that has resulted in the creation of the Typhon Pact is not created out of the blue. It is a combination of things, but one strong one being that the UFP and Starfleet have stepped on their wangs and have fallen short of their principles at times, for whatever reason.
And people have remembered.
"New and stirring things are belittled because if they are not belittled, the humiliating question arises, 'Why then are you not taking part in them?' " - H. G. Wells