My answer to What nonfiction book has changed your life and how did you turn its ideas into action?
Answer by Ken Larson:
“The Best and the Brightest” By Pulitzer Prize winning author, David Halberstam.
David went to Vietnam at the height of the war and reported on it as well as the decisions of the US behind the conflict. He spent over two years conducting interviews and writing the book.
"For anyone who aspires to a position of national leadership, no matter the circumstances of his or her birth, this book should be mandatory reading. And anyone who feels a need, as a confused former prisoner of war once felt the need, for insights into how a great and good nation can lose a war and see its worthy purposes and principles destroyed by self-delusion can do no better than to read and reread David Halberstam’s The Best and the Brightest."
–from the Foreword by Senator John McCain
The book finally gave me an understanding of what led up to the Vietnam War and inspired me to write, “Odyssey of Armaments”.