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A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam
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Neil Sheehan
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A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam

Neil Sheehan


9780679724148

Vintage


Biography: historical, political & military;
History;
Vietnam War;
Warfare & defence


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896 pages

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Outspoken, professional and fearless, Lt. Col. John Paul Vann went to Vietnam in 1962, full of confidence in America's might and right to prevail. He was soon appalled by the South Vietnamese troops' unwillingness to fight, by their random slaughter of civilians and by the arrogance and corruption of the US military. He flouted his supervisors and leaked his sharply pessimistic - and, as it turned out, accurate - assessments to the US press corps in Saigon. Among them was Sheehan, who became fascinated by the angry Vann, befriended him and followed his tragic and reckless career.

By:   Neil Sheehan
Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 134mm,  Spine: 45mm
Weight:   816g
ISBN:   9780679724148
ISBN 10:   0679724141
Pages:   896
Publication Date:   September 1989
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active


Masterly. . . . One of the few brilliant histories of the American entanglement in Vietnam. -- The New York Times A brilliant work of enormous substance and ambition. In telling one man's story [ A Bright Shining Lie ] sets out to define the fatal contradictions that lost America the war in Vietnam. It belongs to the same order of merit as Dispatches, The Best and the Brightest, and Fire in the Lake. --Robert Stone, Washington Post Book World A compelling, graphic, and deeply sensitive biography [and] one of the few brilliant histories of the American enthanglement in Vietnam. . . . Sheehan's skillful weaving of anecdote and history, of personal memoir and psychological profile, give the book the sense of having been written by a novelist, journalist, and scholar all rolled up into one. --David Shipler, The New York Times If there is one book that catpures the Vietnam War in the sheer Homeric scale of its passion and folly, this book is it. Neil Sheehan orchestrates a great fugue evoking all the elements of the war. --Ronald Steel, The New York Times Book Review An unforgettable narrative, a chronicle grand enough to suit the crash and clangors of whole armies. A Bright Shining Lie is a very great piece of work; its rewards are aesthetic and . . . almost spiritual. -- The New York Review of Books Enormous power . . . full of great accomplishments . . . Neil Sheehan has written not only the best book ever about Vietnam, but the timeliest. -- Newsweek It is difficult to believe that anyone will write a more gripping or important book on America's war in Vietnam than A Bright Shining Lie, a towering book that has been 16 years in the making. . . . Sheehan shows, perhaps more convincingly than anyone else who has written on the subject, that our intervention in Vietnam was in fact a terrible blunder, damaging to America and devastating to the Vietnamese and the other people of Indochina--a mist


  • Winner of National Book Awards (Nonfiction) 1988
  • Winner of Pulitzer Prize (General Nonfiction) 1989
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