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The Best and the Brightest | [David Halberstam]

The Best and the Brightest

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 As the definitive single-volume answer to that question, this enthralling audiobook has never been superseded.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.
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Publisher's Summary

Here is David Halberstam's masterpiece, the defining history of the making of the Vietnam tragedy, with a new Foreword by Senator John McCain.

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 As the definitive single-volume answer to that question, this enthralling audiobook has never been superseded.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.

What the Critics Say

"[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)

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    Jackie San Diego, CA, United States 01-24-09
    Jackie San Diego, CA, United States 01-24-09
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    "Unabridged, please"

    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.

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    Robert ANN ARBOR, MI, United States 07-09-12
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    "Excellent history of the politics which led to war"
    Where does The Best and the Brightest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


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    James Manakin-Sabot, VA, USA 08-09-08
    James Manakin-Sabot, VA, USA 08-09-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Did not live up to my expectations"

    Disappointing. Halberstam's a great writer, but I was disappointed with this audible book, which is a superficial discussion of a complex history. Maybe the book is better.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nelson Alexander New York, NY, United States 09-21-09
    Nelson Alexander New York, NY, United States 09-21-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Brightest and Briefest"

    Obviously one of the great books George W. Bush never read during his goof time at Yale. Great book, okay reading, but I agree with others, too brief.

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