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The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam
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Dec 08, 2014

really liked it
bookshelves: history
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Recommended for: Americans
Read in January, 2003 — I own a copy , read count: 1

This is David Halberstam's most famous and important book, but not his best insofar as his writing style improved with time. It is an attempt to understand the bad decision making which led to the defeat of the USA in Southeast Asia, focusing on our invasion of Vietnam. The question is narrowly pointed, moral dimensions barely mentioned, but clearly of ongoing relevance since the lessons he adduces have still not taken effective hold.

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