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

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


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

One of the most acclaimed books of our time--the definitive Vietnam War exposé and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

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.

In this magisterial book, a monument of history and biography that was awarded the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction, a renowned journalist tells the story of John Vann --"the one irreplaceable American in Vietnam" --and of the tragedy that destroyed a country and squandered so much of America's young manhood and resources.

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Publication Date1989-09-19
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Neil Sheehan was an esteemed American journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, renowned for his profound work on the Vietnam War. Born on October 27, 1936, in Massachusetts, Sheehan served as a U.S. Army journalist before transitioning into civilian journalism. His ability to delve into difficult topics with relentless curiosity and intellectual rigor was evident throughout his decades-long career with the New York Times and United Press International. His breakthrough came with his 1988 masterpiece, "A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam." The book, a meticulous examination of America's engagement in Vietnam, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for Nonfiction. Sheehan drew on his experience as a war correspondent in Vietnam, offering a poignant critique of the American military's conduct and strategies. Sheehan's compelling narratives and incisive analysis showcased the complexities of war, leaving an indelible mark on war reportage. Succeeding journalists continue to be inspired by his unflinching commitment to truth and justice. Neil Sheehan, a luminary in historical and war-related nonfiction, passed away in January 2021, leaving a rich legacy to inspire generations of writers and journalists.

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