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The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam
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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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Reading Progress

September 22, 2011 – Started Reading
September 22, 2011 – Shelved
September 22, 2011 –
page 12
1.67%
September 23, 2011 –
page 37
5.14%
September 25, 2011 –
page 48
6.67%
September 26, 2011 –
page 79
10.97%
September 27, 2011 –
page 101
14.03%
September 28, 2011 –
page 120
16.67%
September 29, 2011 –
page 145
20.14%
September 30, 2011 –
page 158
21.94%
October 6, 2011 –
page 244
33.89%
October 9, 2011 –
page 350
48.61%
October 10, 2011 –
page 400
55.56%
October 13, 2011 –
page 431
59.86%
October 13, 2011 –
page 445
61.81%
October 14, 2011 –
page 460
63.89%
November 7, 2011 –
page 518
71.94%
November 19, 2011 –
page 630
87.5%
November 23, 2011 – Finished Reading

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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!!


message 5: by Bigsna (new)

Bigsna :D


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