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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (368 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Halberstam Narrator: David Halberstam Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this long awaited successor to his national bestseller The Best and the Brightest, David Halberstam describes in fascinating human detail how the shadow of Cold War Vietnam still hangs over American foreign policy, and how domestic politics have determined our role as a world power.

Halberstam brilliantly evokes the internecine conflicts, the untrammeled egos, and the struggles for dominance among the key figures in the White House, the State department, and the military. He shows how the Vietnam war has shaped American politics and policy makers. Perhaps most notable is what happened under Clinton when, for the first time in fifty years, a president placed domestic issues over foreign policy.

With his uncanny ability to find the real story behind the headlines, Halberstam shows how current events in the Balkans and Somalia act as a fascinating mirror to American politics and foreign policy. Sweeping in scope and impressive in its depth, War in a Time of Peace provides fascinating portraits of Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Kissinger, James Baker, Dick Cheney, Madeleine Albright, and others to reveal a stunning view of modern political America.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vintage Halberstam, clarifying the hows and whys of foreign policy over the past decade.” 


  • “This is vintage Halberstam, combining sharp portraits of the political players—Bush, Clinton, Powell, Madeleine Albright, and so many others—with nuanced reportage of the events they shape and are shaped by.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “James Naughton is a veteran reader of audiobooks. He has a deep, rich voice that never falters in its delivery, and he clearly communicates the intentions of the author. Halberstam, best known as the author of The Best and the Brightest, gives us a serious text about a serious subject.”


  • “Well-written and lucid, [Halberstam’s] narrative reveals a military that continues to be ill-coordinated to meet—and sometimes opposed to—the political ends of its civilian overseers—Excellent, as is Halberstam’s custom.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2002 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for General Nonfiction
  • An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Nonfiction
  • On of the 2001 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bridget Shealy | 2/11/2014

    " I'm actually really enjoying this book. It's interesting to hear a unbiased view of the politics of the eighties and nineties. I only have vague memories of when most of this stuff happened. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brian | 1/25/2014

    " David Halberstam delivers another masterpiece in his book on how the Balkan crisis came about. This book is very fair condemning Bush Sr, Clinton and all of the generals including Colin Powell for their actions in this area. The United States dropped the ball in stabilizing this region leaving it to the European Union to debate about. Our unwillingness to commit troops has led to more than a decade of crisis and Halberstam delivers the story in great detail. Highly recommend if you are just starting to learn about the crisis as it is a very fair and well written account. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by M | 1/19/2014

    " vicious partisan masquerading as a reporter. interesting look, however, at another one of the world's longtime and seemingly intractable problems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Larry | 1/4/2014

    " All the U.S. players in the world of Geo-Politics during the 1990s. Terrific short biographies of many members of the war machine that AmeriKKKa depended upon to feed its banks with dough and its fightin' men with arms. Depressing but well worth the read because it demonstrates how disgusting the system of perpetual war has become. "

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