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The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam
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Nov 14, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction, history, politics, american-history, vietnam-war

Halberstam's books are always a great read - the man knew how to tell a story with enviable economy, liveliness and clarity. I went into this partly to fill in my knowledge of the Kennedy years as a supplement to reading Caro's LBJ trilogy, and didn't completely realize that this is a full-blown history of the Vietnam conflict from the American side. I also wasn't prepared for the intense anger Halberstam's prose barely contains in places; it's a vivid illustration of the disillusionment that generation felt when it realize how much it had been lied to, and a depressing (and depressingly relevent) account of a horrific set of interlocked foreign policy blunders from which the smartest people in the US couldn't figure out how to extricate us.

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