War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton and the Generals
David Halberstam. New York: Scribner, 2001. 543 pp. Bib. Index. $28.00 ($25.20).
Reviewed by Lieutenant Commander Paul G. Johnson, U.S. Naval Reserve (Retired)
David Halberstam has delivered again with War in a Time of Peace, a gripping, inside view of post-Gulf War national security decision making. In doing so, he has successfully employed the formula that first brought him to prominence with The Best and the Brightest (New York: Random House, 1972), which analyzed the flawed U.S. decisions of the Vietnam War. With a Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter's instinct backed up by 150 interviews, Halberstam tells the stories of U.S. involvement in Somalia, Bosnia, Haiti, and Kosovo with a hard-hitting style that makes readers feel like they know the participants and are present at all the important events. If you plan to read only one book written this year about foreign policy, this book should be it.