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War in a Time of Peace
by David Halberstam
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Touchstone, 2002 (2001)
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* * *   Reviewed by David Pitt

Autumn, 1991. It had been 'a year that most American presidents only dream of,' writes David Halberstam in War in a Time of Peace: Bush, Clinton, and the Generals. Communism was all but dead, and would be dead by the end of the year. President George Bush's approval ratings had skyrocketed to ninety percent, thanks to the Gulf War. Re-election seemed inevitable - 'Bush himself believed he was invulnerable,' Halberstam writes. But roughly a year later, the voters decided it was the Governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton, they wanted in the White House. How could this have happened? And what role did Bush's decisions during the Gulf War have in securing Clinton's victory?

Halberstam, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1964 for his reporting on the Vietnam War, is hands down the best and brightest political historian of this century. His books are always intelligent, well reasoned, thoroughly documented, and - this is the best part - written in a clear, straightforward style that does not require a high degree of expertise in this complicated subject. War in a Time of Peace is an insightful analysis of recent political history, with plenty of shrewd observations and a handful of shocking surprises. Read it.

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