Date registered: Apr 2004
Location: The BlueGrass State
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David Halberstam just died.
Here is a brief clip from Wiki [pop reference only] on a bit of David Halberstam's life. His book Best and Brightest has interesting echos today.
David Halberstam (April 10, 1934 - April 23, 2007) was an American journalist and author. Halberstam graduated from Harvard University with a degree in journalism in 1955 and started his career writing for the Daily Times Leader in West Point, Mississippi. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, writing for the Nashville Tennesseean, he covered the beginnings of the American Civil Rights Movement.
In the mid 1960s, Halberstam covered the Vietnam War for The New York Times. While there, he gathered material for his book The Making of a Quagmire: America and Vietnam during the Kennedy Era. In 1963, he received a George Polk Award for his reporting at the New York Times. At the age of 30, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the war. He is interviewed in the 1968 documentary film on the Vietnam War entitled In the Year of the Pig.
Halberstam put an enormous effort into his book about Kennedy's foreign policy decisions about the Vietnam War, The Best and the Brightest. Synthesizing material from dozens of books and many dozens of interviews, Halberstam focused on the odd paradox that those who crafted the U.S. war effort in Vietnam were some of the most intelligent, well-connected and self-confident men in America -- "the best and the brightest" -- and yet those same men were unable to imagine and promote any but a bloody and disastrous course in the Vietnam War.
Being smart is knowing the difference, in a sticky situation between a well delivered anecdote and a well delivered antidote - bear.