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The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam
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Oct 26, 1993 | ISBN 9780449908709

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“A rich, entertaining, and profound reading experience.”The New York Times

“The most comprehensive saga of how America became involved in Vietnam. . . . It is also the Iliad of the American empire and the Odyssey of this nation’s search for its idealistic soul. The Best and the Brightest is almost like watching an Alfred Hitchcock thriller.”The Boston Globe

“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

“A fascinating tale of folly and self-deception . . . [An] absorbing, detailed, and devastatingly caustic tale of Washington in the days of the Caesars.”The Washington Post Book World

“Seductively readable . . . It is a staggeringly ambitious undertaking that is fully matched by Halberstam’s performance. . . . This is in all ways an admirable and necessary book.”Newsweek

“A story every American should read.”St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Author Essay

The Vietnam War has seemed more shadowy and cinematic to me than anything else for most of my life.  I was born during the Watergate Hearings.  My generation was touched by the war in Vietnam, but only in the sense that our parents were part of it–whether they marched for peace or served in the military or fell somewhere in between.  But unlike the Baby Boomers, we are not defined by the war–it, literally and figuratively, did not make us.  So, as a consequence, when I think of the Vietnam War it is the images that the generations before me created that come to mind–Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, Platoon…

When I read The Best and the Brightest, that all changed.  For the first time, I understood.  No matter what your position may have been or may be, this book fully and expertly explores the American foreign policy decisions and actions that led to this war and its execution and paints a clear picture of its catalytic role in the shaping of today’s America.

-Kelly Lamb, Marketing Coordinator

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