On this day in 2007, David Halberstam, prolific author and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, died in a car accident in Menlo Park, CA. He was 73.
Halberstam was best known for his early work on the Vietnam War, which included an eyewitness account of the self-immolation of a Vietnamese Buddhist monk. His most famous book, The Best and the Brightest, was about President Kennedy and the intellectuals in his administration who drafted his Vietnam War policy.The Editors are the staffers of Columbia Journalism Review. Tags: David Halberstam, The Best and the Brightest, Vietnam War