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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,526 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Halberstam Narrator: David Clennon Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 As the definitive single-volume answer to that question, this enthralling book has never been superseded.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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Quotes & Awards

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 1972 Cornelius Ryan Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dan | 2/8/2014

    " painfully slow, but I finished. I was never excited to read this book, something just wasn't that good about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Big_al | 1/26/2014

    " Too bad our current administration didn't properly learn the lessons from this war, it might have helped not mess up another country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Erik Graff | 1/19/2014

    " This is David Halberstam's most famous and important book, but not his best insofar as his writing style improved with time. It is an attempt to understand the bad decision making which led to the defeat of the USA in Southeast Asia, focusing on our invasion of Vietnam. The question is narrowly pointed, moral dimensions barely mentioned, but clearly of ongoing relevance since the lessons he adduces have still not taken effective hold. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Martha Johnson | 1/19/2014

    " WHen I read this book, I learned a huge amount about how individuals, their strengths and weaknesses, can play into a larger system of dysfunction. It's a great portrayal of that. "

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