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"For anyone who aspires to a position of national leadership, no matter the circumstances of his or her birth, this book should be mandatory reading. And anyone who feels a need, as a confused former prisoner of war once felt the need, for insights into how a great and good nation can lose a war and see its worthy purposes and principles destroyed by self-delusion can do no better than to read and reread David Halberstam’s The Best and the Brightest."
--from the Foreword by Senator John McCain
"The most comprehensive saga of how America became involved in Vietnam. . . . [I]t is also The Iliad of the American empire and The Odyssey of this nation’s search for its idealistic soul."
--The Boston Globe
"Seductively readable. . . . [I]t is a staggeringly ambitious undertaking that is fully matched by Halberstam’s perfor-mance."
"A rich, entertaining, and profound reading experience."
--The New York Times
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
This is an exceptionally well-written book about the way John F. Kennedy's idealistically selected cabinet dragged us down the muddy, dirty, twisted road and into the Vietnam... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Don G. Schley
Am reading this book right now. It is tedious but as you go along it makes a lot of sense.Published 13 days ago by Doc
An illuminating, and ultimately tragic retelling of the long history of America's involvement in Vietnam, this book goes back to the beginning, in the immediate postwar period and... Read morePublished 22 days ago by S. Bell
Fascinating review of decision process leading to U.S. involvement in Vietnam. I should have read this years ago.Published 23 days ago by dyblor
The author writes in clear, well organized language, and the events he describes are very well documented. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Radames A. Torruella
This book will almost make you cry as it describes in detail the American stupidity regarding Vietnam. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David T. Ansley
Must read for every military veteran and family members. The idiocy continues!! How do smart people make such stupid mistakes?Published 1 month ago by Dr. Boomer
The issues are the same worldwide and history appears to repeat itself as if in a giant loop. Different countries, different leaders, different slogans, same results.Published 1 month ago by George Furtado