In the early 1960s, David Halberstam served as a correspondent for The New York Times covering the war in Vietnam and winning both a Pulitzer Prize and George Polk award for his reporting. Returning home, he turned his attention to how America had gotten so hopelessly entangled in Southeast Asia. After several years of research and countless interviews he published his findings in the classic book The Best and the Brightest (Ballantine Books, 1972, republished 1992). In this fascinating account, he charts how the American government pushed deeper and deeper into a war it refused to understand, focusing on the “best and brightest” who came to Washington in the heady days of the early 1960s and ended up orchestrating a foreign policy disaster that haunts us to this day. Halberstam points out this “is not a book about Vietnam, but a book about America, and in particular about power and success in America, what the country was, who the leadership was, how they got ahead, what their perceptions were about themselves, about the country and about their mission.” Join us as we read and discuss this absorbing account of talent, power, fallibility, and tragedy.