The Best and the Brightest is David Halberstam’s masterpiece, the defining history of the making of the Vietnam tragedy. Using portraits of America’s flawed. IN , David Halberstam wrote a new introduction for the 20th-anniversary edition of “The Best and the Brightest,” his classic history of the. “A rich, entertaining, and profound reading experience.” — The New York Times “[ The] most comprehensive saga of how America became involved.

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This book is a study in hubris. There Junius uses it mockingly and ironically in reference to King George III’s ministers, whose capacities he had disparaged in his first letter the previous month.

This book exposes the bad judgements, inexplicable military decisions, and flat out dishonesty of the U. View all 4 brightets.

Whenever I hear anyone discuss hiring only the “best and the aand now, I shudder. Also by David Halberstam. France’s troubles in Indochina, which were previously viewed as a revolutionary struggle against colonialism, were cast as part of the free world’s struggles against the red threat.

In this ane look at the gradual build-up to the maximum troop levels init is apparent that our reasons were much less than misguided. Louis Post-Dispatch show more. One of the most distressing parts of the book is in the beginning when halberstwm shows the many opportunities for the U. As the definitive single-volume answer to that question, this enthralling book has never been superseded.

It’s impressive in it’s coverage of a lot of the most interesting political moments of that time. Until the second term. Great, revealing quotes from all the power players thr that era: Halberstam, a Washington, D. Hey, maybe I should have read him? Now the whole nation saw the hopelessness of the war and dissent took hold across the country.


See all books by David Halberstam. The Best and the Brightest. Synthesizing material from dozens of books and many dozens of interviews, Halberstam focused on the odd paradox that those who crafted the U.

Halberstam graduated from Harvard University with a degree in journalism in and started his career writing for the Daily Times Leader in West Point, Mississippi. A big ole nonfiction book that explains the background behind American involvement in Vietnam.

See all customer images. Obviously, this has many echoes with the Bush administration’s pursuit of the war in Iraq and it’s interesting to consider how they are s I’d been wanting to read this for many years and I’m glad I finally made the commitment to plow through it. However, I did get an account of how the United Brighteest found itself committed the biggest policy blunder in its history.

Best And The Brightest

Stay in Touch Sign up. And in the end, their lies caught up to them. If the true cost of the war were known, LBJ was sure his domestic programs would be rejected. McNamara in this debacle, so critically or accurately portrayed. I loved Halberstam’s prose. Their answer to making America great was to approach everything with personal detachment and analyze the situation from a purely pragmatic standpoint. There are endless sections chronicling the brilliance and acuity of people like Robert McNamara, who could revolutionize vast domains like the auto industry, but were unable to figure out how to get themselves out of the Vietnam trap or even to make anything close to progress in any direction.


We cannot help but feel the compelling power of this narrative. Halberstam’s book offers details on how the decisions were made in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations that led to the war, focusing on a period from to but also covering earlier and later years up to the publication year of the book. Asian experts in the state department, who were generally only guilty of being accurate, were forced from their career.

Mar 04, Aaron Million rated it it was amazing Shelves: A wonderfully written and engaging history of the war in Vietnam from its origins in the s until History teaches us that man learns nothing from history. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. He chose the never outspoken Dean Rusk for Secretary of State, wanting no one who would challenge him.

As he says in the afterword, a book about America, not Vietnam. Rusk comes out not much better, an antiquated player failing to adapt.