SIGNED BY DAVID HALBERSTAM on the title page, First Printing of the Modern Library hardcover reissue, Foreword by Senator John McCain, mildly toned pages with faint foxing on the edges, the dust jacket is intact with mild rubbing. Bookseller Inventory # NF324
Synopsis: 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 As the definitive single-volume answer to that question, this enthralling book has never been superseded.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.
From the Publisher:
The Vietnam War has seemed more shadowy and cinematic to me than anything else for most of my life. I was born during the Watergate Hearings. My generation was touched by the war in Vietnam, but only in the sense that our parents were part of it--whether they marched for peace or served in the military or fell somewhere in between. But unlike the Baby Boomers, we are not defined by the war--it, literally and figuratively, did not make us. So, as a consequence, when I think of the Vietnam War it is the images that the generations before me created that come to mind--Apocalypse Now, Full Metal Jacket, Platoon...
When I read The Best and the Brightest, that all changed. For the first time, I understood. No matter what your position may have been or may be, this book fully and expertly explores the American foreign policy decisions and actions that led to this war and its execution and paints a clear picture of its catalytic role in the shaping of today's America.
-Kelly Lamb, Marketing Coordinator
Title: THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST
Publisher: NY, The Modern Library,
Publication Date: 2001
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
Book Description Modern Library, NY, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: Like New. Dust Jacket Condition: Like New. First Edition Thus. first Modern Library printing---signature only by David Halberstam on the title page----unread, pristine, collector condition---Washington and the Kennedy/Johnson era----brilliant, in-depth portraits of the men who came to power in the Kennedy administration: Robert McNamara, McGeorge Bundy, Dean Rusk, George Ball, William Westmoreland and Maxwell Taylor----how and why it all happened , as seen through the lens of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist of his time----the definition of an era in Washington politics---Introduction by John McCain----a less unwieldy version of this classic in a lighter weight, without handling issues----a rare copy---Epilogue---Author's Note---Bibliogrfaphy and Index----780 pages----pristine condition---no owner markings---gift quality---a rare signed copy----in mylar dj cover and shipped in carton. Signed by the Author. Bookseller Inventory # 004854
Book Description Modern Library, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. lightly bumped corners;lower creased page 487;lightly sunfaded cloth foreedges;inscribed/signed to previous owner by Halberstam on title page Language: eng Language: eng 0.0. Inscribed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 5926