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Publisher Description

David Halberstam’s masterpiece, the defining history of the making of the Vietnam tragedy, with a new Foreword by Senator John McCain.

"A rich, entertaining, and profound reading experience.”—The New York Times

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 As the definitive single-volume answer to that question, this enthralling book has never been superseded.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.

Praise for The Best and the Brightest

“The most comprehensive saga of how America became involved in Vietnam. . . . It is also the Iliad of the American empire and the Odyssey of this nation’s search for its idealistic soul. The Best and the Brightest is almost like watching an Alfred Hitchcock thriller.”The Boston Globe

“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

“A fascinating tale of folly and self-deception . . . [An] absorbing, detailed, and devastatingly caustic tale of Washington in the days of the Caesars.”The Washington Post Book World

“Seductively readable . . . It is a staggeringly ambitious undertaking that is fully matched by Halberstam’s performance. . . . This is in all ways an admirable and necessary book.”Newsweek

“A story every American should read.”St. Louis Post-Dispatch

David Clennon
hr min
May 8
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

Ewoods_99 ,


I am very disappointed — after downloading — to realize that his is an abridged version of the book, which runs 720 pages in actuality. I should have known by the fact that it was only 3 hrs. long.

If you want an abridged version, go for it. But if you're looking for the real deal, this is not it!

JMD913 ,

Best and Brightest

obviously an abridged version. to reduce a book like this to 3 hrs is ridiculous. If I had to guess, 75% of the book has been eliminated. Why would anyone think this is satisfactory?

IvH ,

Bait & Switch!

Abridged is right! I feel cheated. Should have assumed this given the cost and the 3 hour time frame, but it shouldn't fall on the consumer to assume anything. The publisher should state this instead of passing this version off as "David Halberstam's masterpiece".

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