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

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Random House, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 861 pages
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When he came to Vietnam in 1962, Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Vann was the one clear-sighted participant in an enterprise riddled with arrogance and self-deception, a charismatic soldier who put his life and career on the line in an attempt to convince his superiors that the war should be fought another way. By the time he died in 1972, Vann had embraced the follies he once decried. He died believing that the war had been won.

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A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan John Paul Vann believed that the US was fighting the wrong kind of war in Vietnam when he arrived in 1962. He spent ... Read full review

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Almost 25 years old, but this is a book to be reread,lest we forget.Vann arrived in Vietnam in 1962 with the first advisors, returned in several different roles until his death in 1972.The battle ... Read full review

Contents

The Funeral
3
Going to War
35
Antecedents to a Confrontation
127
Copyright

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About the author (1988)

American journalist Cornelius Mahoney "Neil" Sheehan was born on October 27, 1936 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. In 1958 he received a B.A. from Harvard University. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962, Sheehan began working for the United Press International. Following a stint in the Tokyo bureau he worked as a bureau chief covering the Vietnam War for two years. Sheehan joined The New York Times in 1964 and reported from Indonesia and again Vietnam before becoming the Pentagon correspondent in 1966. He began reporting on the White House in 1968. In 1971 Sheehan published in The New York Times controversial details from the classified Pentagon Papers regarding the war in Vietnam. The government lost the resulting case, New York Times Co. v. United States, in which it had tried to halt these actions. Sheehan has written several bestselling books. He won a non-fiction Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for A Bright Shining Lie, considered to be one of the best books ever written about the Vietnam War. He has also published The Arnheiter Affair, After the War Was Over, and A Fiery Peace in a Cold War.

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