The Best and the Brightest is David Halberstam’s masterpiece, the defining history of the making of the Vietnam tragedy. Using portraits of America’s flawed. IN , David Halberstam wrote a new introduction for the 20th-anniversary edition of “The Best and the Brightest,” his classic history of the. “A rich, entertaining, and profound reading experience.” — The New York Times “[ The] most comprehensive saga of how America became involved.

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Face which they arrogantly and cynically attempted to equate with saving America’s face. Westmoreland requested troops to protect airstrips and provide security for infrastructure, but his real intent was to use them for search and destroy missions. In SE Asia women were in brothels for the guy soldiers.

It looks at the Bay of Pigs, but the book builds up to the decisions that lead to the entry of the U. See and discover other items: The facts are cloudy, but LBJ used this incident to get a resolution through Congress authorizing the president to use conventional forces. And yet, these men slowly and steadily entangled the United States in a war on the Asian mainland that they knew, from both the warnings they received and from bitter experience, they had little chance of winning.

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McNamara did not need this book to destroy his reputation, but it certainly played a large role in so doing. For the film, see The Best and the Brightest film.

Sep 19, David Steece, Jr. This is a stunning book. Published October 26th by Ballantine Books first published Yes, very relevant today.


Despite some repetitive or dry sections, most of the book is surprisingly fast-moving and well written. JFK picked the hardline McCone to keep Republicans off his back appalling his traditional liberal supporters. As a JFK favorite he controlled access to the president. For example, paraphrasing, while discussing very early events in – “Years later, after Macnamara had been forced to deal with the attacks on Ebst Lam and failure of the XYZ campaign, he would admit that Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

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Long after McCarthy himself was gone, the fear of being accused of being soft on Communism lingered among the Democratic leaders. Ho Chi Minh is frequently compared to George Washington; one wonders after reading this book if King George III had his own “best and brightest” ministers who advised analogous strategies like shelling Boston, propping up a puppet government in Georgia, rounding up colonists and settling them into “strategic plantations”, or simply sending more and more redcoats.

Tragic in the truest sense. The book starts with Kennedy’s election and how he staffed his administration with “the best and the brightest” men of the time.

Quotes that not only stand for the folly of Vietnam, but for the folly of American hubris in general. The memory of the fall of China and what it did to the Democrats, was, I think, more bitter for Lyndon Johnson than it was for John Kennedy.

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I think if it was easy to get off of it, we would have already gotten off. A Bright Shining Lie: With the Viet Cong mortar attack that killed eight Americans and wounded fifty at Pleiku, McNamara and Bundy said the US must retaliate against the North or look hopelessly weak hitting Johnson in a soft spot. The personal besf of the men involved are excellent. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. It is so unfortunate that thousands of American servicemen died due to brightesf overconfidence and arrogance.


We feel like our leaders are listening to us, that they’re reading our comments, our blogs, our status updates and our tweets. The Democrats, in the wake of the relentless sustained attacks tthe Truman and Acheson over their policies in Asia, came to believe that they had lost the White House when they lost China. His sentence tge is often, let’s call it creative. Despite their privileged, New England, Ivy League pedigrees and education, they were clueless.

A former Harvard accounting professor, he had originally done this type of financial, logistics and production planning for the air force during WWII. Was it a case of eggheads looking past the hrightest and trying to show intellectual superiority, was it a case of following numbers even when they did not make sense from a logical standpoint despite what the chart says? I felt I could use an organizational chart or a quick reference section at the end to remember who was who and what their role was.