The Best and the Brightest

  • by David Halberstam
  • Narrated by Mark Bramhall
  • 37 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 As the definitive single-volume answer to that question, this enthralling book has never been superseded. It is an American classic.

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What the Critics Say

"The most comprehensive saga of how America became involved in Vietnam.... [I]t is also The Iliad of the American empire and The Odyssey of this nation's search for its idealistic soul." (The Boston Globe)
"Seductively readable.... [I]t is a staggeringly ambitious undertaking that is fully matched by Halberstam's performance." (Newsweek)
"A rich, entertaining, and profound reading experience." (The New York Times )

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-05-2017
  • Publisher: Random House Audio