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The Face of the Enemy in Vietnam

He was tough, indoctrinated, and ready to die, and in this endless, relentless war of revolution the misery of the people was his constant source of strength.
Feb 1965
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Return to Vietnam

The reporter who won the Pulitzer in 1964 for his brilliant dispatches tells why this bewildering war will not be won.
Dec 1967
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Voices of the Vietcong

Jan 1968
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Claude Kirk and the Politics of Promotion

“I am not a hawk and I am not a dove or an owl,” says the flamboyant Governor of Florida as he courts national prominence. “I am the American eagle.”

May 1968
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The Power and the Profits: Part II

The advent of the half hour news program made television the major source of news for many Americans and the only source for a dismayingly large number of them. This vested in broadcasters awesome responsibilities and a sense that they had ventured into a political minefield. In the first installment of his two part examination of the growth of broadcasting, television journalism, and the CBS network in particular, David Halberstam showed how the medium became both a shaper and a creature of politics, both a maker and a prisoner of public tastes.
Feb 1976
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Travels with Bobby Kennedy

In the days before his surprising defeat by McCarthy in Oregon, the candidate who may have entered the lists too late fought in the Midwest against enormous personal and family antagonisms.
Jul 1968
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How the Economy Went Haywire

When the bill came due for the Vietnam War, someone had to pay it, and keep paying.
Sep 1972
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CBS: The Power and the Profits

However the Toynbee or the Gibbon of the future adjudges what happened to American society, he will need to reckon large with the impact of radio and television. By the 1950s, TV had become the greatest new instrument of political and social influence in the nation. How that happened, how TV became both a shaper and a creature of politics, both a maker and a prisoner of public tastes, is most simply told as the story of one broadcasting network, of its founder and indomitable chairman, William S. Paley, and the men who helped make CBS into Paley’s golden candy store.

Jan 1976
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The Programming of Robert McNamara

The career that reflected and powerfully influenced America’s journey in the Sixties, from high confidence to the deepest self-doubt.

Feb 1971
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Baseball and the National Mythology

Sep 1970
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Daley of Chicago

“Look, Sister, you and I come from the same background. We know how tough it was. But we picked ourselves up by our own bootstraps.”

Aug 1968
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The Questions which Tear Us Apart

“Somehow he has not taken root, and grown with the office, come to terms with it, perhaps because he has never comes to terms with himself.”

Feb 1970
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The Very Expensive Education of McGeorge Bundy

A study in the uses of power and how it is manipulated in the upper reaches where the nation’s elite operates …

Jul 1969
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MacArthur’s Grand Delusion

In 1950, General Douglas MacArthur was hell-bent on chasing the retreating North Koreans to the Chinese border. Nothing would stop him—not orders from Washington, not intelligence reports that Mao’s troops were building up in the area. Which is how hundreds of Americans got slaughtered at Unsan, one of the worst defeats of the Korean War. In an excerpt from his new, and final, book, David Halberstam weaves the tale of hubris, deception, and death.

Oct 2007
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The Importance of Being Galbraith

Nov 1967
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The Man Who Ran against Lyndon Johnson

The long, lonely war waged against LBJ by a nearly unknown young Democrat named Allard K. Lowenstein is one of the great political stories of the decade. Lowenstein became a pivot man in the bitter and unfinished struggle to reshape the divided Democratic party, a hero for students and dissident party-workers, and a slandered villain for both the Right and the New Left. This is how the battle was fought.

Dec 1968
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The End of a Populist

Jan 1971
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Love, Life, and Selling out in Poland

A Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist presents an intimate account of modern Poland—the bleakness of its political life, the warmth and resilience of its people-and describes the “New York Times” reports which led to his expulsion an 1965.

Jul 1967
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The History Boys

In the twilight of his presidency, George W. Bush and his inner circle have been feeding the press with historical parallels: he is Harry Truman—unpopular, besieged, yet ultimately to be vindicated—while Iraq under Saddam was Europe held by Hitler. To a serious student of the past, that’s preposterous. Writing just before his untimely death, David Halberstam asserts that Bush’s “history,” like his war, is based on wishful thinking, arrogance, and a total disdain for the facts.

Aug 2007
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The Second Coming of Martin Luther King

“Why, this Mayor Loeher here in Cleveland,” King says, “he’s damning me now and calling me an extremist, and three years ago he gave me the key to the city and said I was the greatest man of the century. That was as long as I was safe from him down in the South. It’s about the same with Daley and Yorty too; they used to tell me what a great man I was.
Aug 1967
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Two Who Were There View *Platoon*

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McCarthy and the Divided Left

Mar 1968
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Where the Gray Lady Got Its Steel

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The New Establishment: The Decline and Fall of the Eastern Empire

Perhaps more than any other single person, Henry Kissinger augured the end of the gifted amateurs of the Old Establishment. His ascension to power represented the rise of the free agent—the professional political player who brilliantly manipulated the press, played both sides of issues, and put his own agenda ahead of all others. David Halberstam pins Dr. Kissinger to the pages of history.

Oct 2009