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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 50 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.
"A sprawling tapestry of exquisite bottom-up reporting and powerful vignettes...by one of the most astute writers in the trade." (The New York Times)
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This book book was a fun listen. The only problem was that it crammed so much info into 5.5 hrs. I didnt go into the book thinking that I was going to get an in-depth break down of the Bosnia/Kosovo conflicts. The book is a vast overview of politics and world wide affiars covering a ten year window. The point of "Clinton's pretty young wife" was used to contrast the Clinton's youth to the Bush's age. Comparing a young blonde Hillary and Tipper to an elder gray Barbra. The point made about Gingrich's "right wing religious fundamentalists" is true as well. That is his legacy in the Republican party. That issue is addressed because he used those issues to cut Clinton's political power and limit his effectiveness at home and overseas. If you enjoy modern history and politics you will enjoy this book.
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- Tina DeLeonardis
War in a Time of Peace
This book was very hard to take for anyone that didn't vote for Clinton - twice. If you want to find out what went on in Bosnia/Kosovo find another book. Halberstam wastes my attention with too little insight into the Balkans and too much so-called insight into the Clinton administration; I don't need to hear about "Clinton's pretty young wife", or about Newt Gingrich's support by "right wing regilious fundamentalists" to understand the history of the Balkans and the conflict there in the 1990's.
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