War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the Generals

By David Halberstam
Read by David Halberstam

5.78 Hours 09/01/2001 abridged
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    ISBN: 9780743568814

In this long awaited successor to his national bestseller The Best and the Brightest, David Halberstam describes in fascinating human detail how the shadow of Cold War Vietnam still hangs over American foreign policy, and how domestic politics have determined our role as a world power. Halberstam brilliantly evokes the internecine conflicts, the untrammeled egos, and the struggles for dominance among the key figures in the White House, the State department, and the military. He shows how the Vietnam war has shaped American politics and policy makers. Perhaps most notable is what happened under Clinton when, for the first time in fifty years, a president placed domestic issues over foreign policy. With his uncanny ability to find the real story behind the headlines, Halberstam shows how current events in the Balkans and Somalia act as a fascinating mirror to American politics and foreign policy. Sweeping in scope and impressive in its depth, War in a Time of Peace provides fascinating portraits of Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Kissinger, James Baker, Dick Cheney, Madeleine Albright, and others to reveal a stunning view of modern political America.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A 2002 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for General Nonfiction

On of the 2001 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

An ALA Notable Book Finalist for Nonfiction

In this long awaited successor to his national bestseller The Best and the Brightest, David Halberstam describes in fascinating human detail how the shadow of Cold War Vietnam still hangs over American foreign policy, and how domestic politics have determined our role as a world power.

Halberstam brilliantly evokes the internecine conflicts, the untrammeled egos, and the struggles for dominance among the key figures in the White House, the State department, and the military. He shows how the Vietnam war has shaped American politics and policy makers. Perhaps most notable is what happened under Clinton when, for the first time in fifty years, a president placed domestic issues over foreign policy.

With his uncanny ability to find the real story behind the headlines, Halberstam shows how current events in the Balkans and Somalia act as a fascinating mirror to American politics and foreign policy. Sweeping in scope and impressive in its depth, War in a Time of Peace provides fascinating portraits of Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Kissinger, James Baker, Dick Cheney, Madeleine Albright, and others to reveal a stunning view of modern political America.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Vintage Halberstam, clarifying the hows and whys of foreign policy over the past decade.”  Booklist
“This is vintage Halberstam, combining sharp portraits of the political players—Bush, Clinton, Powell, Madeleine Albright, and so many others—with nuanced reportage of the events they shape and are shaped by.” Publishers Weekly
“James Naughton is a veteran reader of audiobooks. He has a deep, rich voice that never falters in its delivery, and he clearly communicates the intentions of the author. Halberstam, best known as the author of The Best and the Brightest, gives us a serious text about a serious subject.” AudioFile
“Well-written and lucid, [Halberstam’s] narrative reveals a military that continues to be ill-coordinated to meet—and sometimes opposed to—the political ends of its civilian overseers—Excellent, as is Halberstam’s custom.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: David Halberstam

David Halberstam graduated from Harvard, where he had served as managing editor of the daily Harvard Crimson. It was 1955, a year after the Supreme Court outlawed segregation in public schools. Halberstam went south and began his career as the one reporter on the West Point, Mississippi, Daily Times Leader. He was fired after ten months there and went to work for the Nashville Tennessean. When the sit-ins broke out in Nashville in February 1960, he was assigned to the story as principal reporter. He joined the New York Times later that year, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1964 for his early reports from Vietnam. He has received every other major journalistic award, and is a member of the Society of American Historians.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 5.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English