"In a grand gesture of reclamation and remembrance, Mr. Halberstam has brought the war back home."
--The New York Times
David Halberstam's magisterial and thrilling The Best and the Brightest was the defining book about the Vietnam
conflict. More than three decades later, Halberstam used his unrivaled research and formidable journalistic skills to
shed light on another pivotal moment in our history: the Korean War. Halberstam considered The Coldest Winter his
most accomplished work, the culmination of forty-five years of writing about America's postwar foreign policy.
Halberstam gives us a masterful narrative of the political decisions and miscalculations on both sides. He charts the
disastrous path that led to the massive entry of Chinese forces near the Yalu River and that caught Douglas MacArthur
and his soldiers by surprise. He provides astonishingly vivid and nuanced portraits of all the major figures-Eisenhower,
Truman, Acheson, Kim, and Mao, and Generals MacArthur, Almond, and Ridgway. At the same time, Halberstam
provides us with his trademark highly evocative narrative journalism, chronicling the crucial battles with reportage of
the highest order. As ever, Halberstam was concerned with the extraordinary courage and resolve of people asked to
bear an extraordinary burden.
The Coldest Winter is contemporary history in its most literary and luminescent form, providing crucial perspective on
every war America has been involved in since. It is a book that Halberstam first decided to write more than thirty years
ago and that took him nearly ten years to complete. It stands as a lasting testament to one of the greatest journalists
and historians of our time, and to the fighting men whose heroism it chronicles.
About the Author
David Halberstam, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, has chronicled the social, political, and athletic life of America in
such bestselling books as The Fifties, The Best and the Brightest, and The Amateurs. He lives in New York