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.

Author: Gogore Jut
Country: Greece
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Medical
Published (Last): 3 June 2018
Pages: 13
PDF File Size: 15.87 Mb
ePub File Size: 11.47 Mb
ISBN: 970-3-71033-536-4
Downloads: 6773
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Shakagrel

I recently read “War in a Time of Peace” which definitely seemed like it was patterned off of this book. The short version of the book: There must be seventy-five paragraphs on the solidness of Dean Rusk here.

The Best and the Brightest – Wikipedia

Rusk viewed Viet Nam as a military problem, not a political one. Congressional action based on misinformation.

Johnson said he would not lose Viet Nam halbfrstam China had been lost. It seems eerily similar to what occurred in Iraq over the past decade.

The Best and the Brightest

The declining influence of Taylor who opposed search and destroy operations but acquiesced in the enclave strategy; the continued ascendency of McNamara and his facts and figures such as force ratios which he pulled out of nowhere; the acknowledged failure of the bombing campaign Rolling Thunder to bring the North to the table; the unwillingness of LBJ to look weak by looking for a way out; the lack of any real opposition, only George Ball actively dissented. For example, although Breaks is ostensibly about the Portland Trailblazer’s season, it also works as a thought-provoking analysis of the NBA in the ’70s.


His account also prompts the modern reader to silently consider the many parallels to brihgtest way the Iraq War was promoted and managed, and its similar effects on the world. Won’t bombing that enemy just increase their fury and encourage them to retaliate?

As the definitive single-volume answer to that question, this enthralling book has never been superseded.

Aug 07, Aaron Arnold rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. Looking for More Great Reads? Halberstam is a masterful writer and storyteller, and he brings alive the incredibly complex characters who masterminded and pursued the Vietnam war despite evidence and realities which briyhtest the US could never succeed.

While there, he gathered material for his book The Making of a Quagmire: An incredibly good narrative on how America became so heavily involved in Vietnam. InTime named it as one of the best English non-fiction books written since The Best and brightets Brightest.

The Best and the Brightest – David Halberstam – Google Books

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. To be sure, there were those who tried to stop the tide and where impossible, to at least retard it. Yes, very relevant today. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. See all reviews.


Best And The Brightest

Ho Chi Minh is frequently compared to George Washington; one wonders after reading this book if King George III had his own “best and brightest” ministers who advised analogous strategies like shelling Boston, propping up a puppet government in Georgia, rounding up colonists and settling them into “strategic plantations”, or simply sending more and more redcoats.

Johnson simply became more insular.

Arrogance and ego ran rampant. The book isn’t so much about the men who made the decisions, as its about the thinking behind the decisions itself. All we had to do was stay involved. When the information about the war that they were getting was being ignored in favor of minutea that was considered encouraging, they ignored the results of the new and lauded Systems Analysis and the advice of the old ‘Wise Men’ of foreign policy.

Brightwst of the books on Vietnam that I would recommend to English majors, simply for the language. Why did America become mired in Vietnam, and why did we lose? Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The Monk agrees and replies that oh, yes.