The Best and the Brightest

  • by David Halberstam
  • Narrated by David Clennon
  • 3 hrs and 1 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here is David Halberstam's masterpiece, the defining history of the making of the Vietnam tragedy, with a new Foreword by Senator John McCain. Using portraits of America's flawed policy makers and accounts of the forces that drove them, The Best and the Brightest reckons magnificently with the most important abiding question of our country's recent history: Why did America become mired in Vietnam, and why did we lose? As the definitive single-volume answer to that question, this enthralling audiobook has never been superseded. It is an American classic.


What the Critics Say

"[The] most comprehensive saga of how America became involved in Vietnam." ( The Boston Globe)
"[Robert McNamara] contends the story of how 'the best and brightest' got it wrong in Vietnam has not been told. But David Halberstam, who applied that ironic phrase to his rendering of the tale 23 years ago, told it better." ( New York Times Book Review)
"Deeply moving...We cannot help but feel the compelling power of this narrative....Dramatic and tragic, a chain of events overwhelming in their force, a distant war embodying illusions and myths, terror and violence, confusions and courage, blindness, pride, and arrogance." ( Los Angeles Times)


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Customer Reviews

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a insightful analysis

I thought I knew a bit about the US involvement in the Vietnam war but having listened to this I realise how little I knew and how wrong my understanding was. This an excellent study of how a war that no one wanted came about and I feel still has relevance to present day.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-05-2007
  • Publisher: Random House Audio