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The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam
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Jul 09, 2009

really liked it
Read from June 16 to 28, 2011

It is eerie reading this book, published just months after my birth, how many parallels Halberstam brings up here about Vietnam that could apply to America's war today in Afghanistan: a conflict that seemed to drift over the years, a land that other great powers tried to conquer and failed, a corrupt ruler at the center. Not a perfect analogy, but not a bad one either.

This is a dense book not for the faint of heart. Four decades have made some of the names and the situations a little unfamiliar for current readers. But it is a glowing tribute of good journalism.

All presidents who weigh sending troops into battle should be forced to read this book first and then ask if it's worth it.

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