Considers why the supposed best and brightest people, as the democratic elite who effectively ran the country were considered, embroiled the U.S. in Vietnam. The author discusses the mechanisms created by Presidents through which they can lie to themselves about foreign policy matters.
The book is rather lengthy and yet does not cover the events following Nixon's election in 1968, which is a shame.
Despite this, however, the 'Best and the Brightest' is one of my favourite books and I have since bought other titles by the author and found them excellent, if not up to quite the same standard.
Belongs on the shelf next to 'Bright Shining Lie', 'Fire in the Lake', and Karnow's 'Vietnam: a History'. First class.