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David Halberstam: The Coldest Winter, part one
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I consider this book to be one of the most influential in my own life, and it certainly deserves a long review. The Vietnam War was one of the costliest mistakes ever undertaken by American policy makers. As Halberstam does in his book, 2 it will be useful here to sketch a timeline of the Vietnam War. World War II ends. France re-establishes its colonial rule over Indochina Vietnam , but many Vietnamese people want independence, and war ultimately breaks out.
After college in England, I arrived in the US in the autumn of to go to graduate school. The war in Vietnam was no longer a bitter political issue on campuses. A few months after I arrived in the US, Saigon fell to the communists. I was not especially politically engaged. Nevertheless, with the media full of graphic images of desperate Vietnamese scrambling to climb over the wall surrounding the US embassy and of marines dumping helicopters into the sea lest they fall into communist hands, one could not help talking about Vietnam.
Jump to navigation. The United States will be the most powerful state on the planet for the next few decades. Since many Americans believe that their country is "the indispensable nation" -- to use former U. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's well-known phrase -- they will continue to support an activist foreign policy that seeks to shape the world in accordance with U. Because American leaders sometimes make tragic mistakes -- as they did in Vietnam, Iraq, and now Afghanistan -- understanding how the United States makes key foreign policy decisions is essential. No book explains this process better than Halberstam's The Best and the Brightest. First published in and dealing primarily with Vietnam, Halberstam's brilliant description of the American foreign policy establishment remains highly relevant today.