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David Halberstam's magisterial and thrilling The Best and the Brightest was the defining book for the Vietnam War. More than three decades later, Halberstam used his unrivalled research and formidable journalistic skills to shed light on another dark corner in our history: the Korean War. The Coldest Winter is a successor to The Best and the Brightest, even though, in historical terms, it precedes it. Halberstam considered The Coldest Winter the best book he ever wrote, the culmination of 45 years of writing about America's postwar foreign policy.

Up until now, the Korean War has been the black hole of modern American history. The Coldest Winter changes that. Halberstam gives us a masterful narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations on both sides. He charts the disastrous path that led to the massive entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu, and that caught Douglas MacArthur and his soldiers by surprise. He provides astonishingly vivid and nuanced portraits of all the major figures: Eisenhower, Truman, Acheson, Kim, and Mao, and Generals MacArthur, Almond, and Ridgway. At the same time, Halberstam provides us with his trademark highly evocative narrative journalism, chronicling the crucial battles with reportage of the highest order.

At the heart of this audiobook are the individual stories of the soldiers on the front lines who were left to deal with the consequences of the dangerous misjudgments and competing agendas of powerful men. We meet them, follow them, and see some of the most dreadful battles in history through their eyes. As ever, Halberstam was concerned with the extraordinary courage and resolve of people asked to bear an extraordinary burden. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dave | 2/3/2014

    " I loved it. It made me want to talk with my father, a Korean War vet, about his experiences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bruce | 12/25/2013

    " This book sheds light on a war that has been all but forgotten by Americans. There is much to be learned by this first confrontation of the post WWII world. The Coldest Winter was written by one of America's finest journalists, David Halberstam. Sadly, it was also his final work. He was killed in an auto accident in April 2007. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by George | 12/13/2013

    " So sad that David Halberstam died shortly after finishing this remarkable book. The Korean War and its veterans have been well served by his engaging writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carolyn | 11/28/2013

    " Halberstam's last book was informative, readable (if not a fast read) and comprehensive. "

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