Using portraits of America's flawed policy makers and accounts of the forces that drove them, The Best and the Brightest reckons magnificently with the most important abiding question of our country's recent history: Why did America become mired in Vietnam, and why did we lose? As the definitive single-volume answer to that question, this enthralling audiobook has never been superseded. It is an American classic.
©1973 David Halberstam; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"[The] most comprehensive saga of how America became involved in Vietnam." (The Boston Globe)
"[Robert McNamara] contends the story of how 'the best and brightest' got it wrong in Vietnam has not been told. But David Halberstam, who applied that ironic phrase to his rendering of the tale 23 years ago, told it better." (New York Times Book Review)
"Deeply moving...We cannot help but feel the compelling power of this narrative....Dramatic and tragic, a chain of events overwhelming in their force, a distant war embodying illusions and myths, terror and violence, confusions and courage, blindness, pride, and arrogance." (Los Angeles Times)
This audio is really only a brief overview of this completely absorbing book. After listening to this abridged version (why abridge a good book?) I had to run to the library for the real thing. A must read (the book, unabridged) for any one interested in politics. Abridged audio will hook you to the book.
A shame and disappointment that this great author was abridged to 3 hours. "Book" was more of a podcast than a book. Audible should not charge the regular price.
The books is excellent. I read it years ago and wanted to experience it again in light of the current administration's missteps but when the book raced through details and ended in three hours, I was enraged. This is a huge book. Written in minute detail about complex people and issues. That it was abridged felt like a slap in the face from audible - a service I adore for the most part. This, however, was an absolute waste of a credit.
It was abridged.
Performance was excellent. I wanted more. Esp his JFK impression.
Rage. Because it was abridged.
DON'T. ABRIDGE. YOUR. BOOKS. or Have a special "abridged" section for people that want the Cliffs Notes. I wish I could get a refund. This was so profoundly disappointing.
I did not realize that this was an abridged version of the book. I'm very disappointed.
Not the story, the Audible is abridged.
I had read this decades ago. I would have been interested in the "new" John McCain forward as advertised. But it is missing from the Audible version as is the original forward and original introduction. These perspectives are essential to understanding the reason for this book. Otherwise it is a mere listing of barely integrated facts and personalities that amounts to pointless diatribe separate from the emotion of the historic moment.
Revealing history of the politicians and bureaucrats which led the U.S. into war in Vietnam. Halberstam ferrets out the gross assumptions and motivations which can lead to disastrous policy and decision making.
More of the text! It's not a pocketbook. It's like they decided to read every 8th page.
Hard to tell. The abridgement is very brutal.
Clear, fluid, slightly irritating attempts at accents (hint of Kennedy when it's quoting Kennedy, insulting French accent when quoting a Frenchman, etc. etc.)
None! Give me the text!
I want all the detail. The book is five hundred pages long. The audiobook is about as long as The Great Gatsby.
Disappointed this is abridged. It should state the abridgment more clearly especially considering the cover is the Everyman version, which suggests it is the real deal. Also does not contain an introduction by John McCain as the cover states. Very misleading.
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