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The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam
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Nov 23, 11

Read from September 22 to November 23, 2011

I had always heard about the Vietnam War and how USA got their first taste of defeat in any kind of war so it was that curiosity which finally led me to this book. JFK has always had lot of admirers in India and I am also one of them which also pulled me towards this book.This book is the most detailed account of that war: build-up and progress under 3 different Presidents- JFK, Johnshon and then Nixon. The Best and the Brightest is about the men who came to power under Kennedy and continued to serve under Johnson. The men who were supposedly the brightest and most able men ever assembled by a President. The men who led their country into the disastrous Vietnam war. It also gave me a new insight into how decisions are made in Washington by covering all the people that were influencing JFK during his presidency.I first picked up The Best and the Brightest looking for a better understanding of the war in Vietnam and I really didn't get that. However, I did get an account of how the United States' found itself committed the biggest policy blunder in its history. Men who should have known better, the best and the brightest we had to offer, patently refused to consider unconventional thought, and displayed a startling ignorance of history. Somehow the ending was a let down because it did not conclude how USA finally got out of this trap...it just left the most important question un-answered.

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message 1: by Bigsna (new)

Bigsna :) what a well written review. it sure makes me wanna read it - even though i realise this has been a heavy and enduring read for you. :)

Rishi Prakash ha ha ha, read read. I will then relax for 2 months :)

message 3: by Bigsna (new)

Bigsna :-0 well in that case, i will think about it again

Rishi Prakash Oh, bekaar hi bata diya!!

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Bigsna :D

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