A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam 1st Vintage Books ed Edition, Kindle Edition

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Praise for A Bright Shining Lie

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD AND THE PULITZER PRIZE

"Dazzling . . . vividly written and deeply felt, with a power that comes from long reflection and strong emotions."
The New York Times Book Review

"Masterly . . . a compelling, graphic and deeply sensitive biography [and] one of the few brilliant histories of the American entanglement in Vietnam . . . Sheehan's skillful weaving of anecdote and history, of personal memoir and psychological profile, [gives] the book the sense of having been written by a novelist, journalist and scholar all rolled into one."

The New York Times
"If there is one book that captures 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."

The New York Times Book Review
"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."


"The Washington Post Book World[A Bright Shining Lie] is more than a biography. It is also a compelling and clear history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Mr. Sheehan's book . . . is the best answer to any American who asks: 'How could this have happened?'"

The Wall Street Journal
"Enormous power . . . full of great accomplishments . . . Sheehan has written . . . the best book ever about Vietnam."
Newsweek

"One of the milestones in the literature about the war."
–The Christian Science Monitor


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Vann was a figure of legends, first as a military advisor and later as a civilian official, renowned for his bravery and special insight into and openness about the developing failure in Vietnam. He appeared to sacrifice his military career in 1963, demonstrating uncommon integrity, and died in 1972 after leading the successful defense of Kontum. Sheehan, the New York Times reporter who obtained the Pentagon Papers from Daniel Ellsberg, reveals a flawed herocapable of deceit in furthering his reputation and his cause and of insatiable sexual exploits that had already ended hopes of promotionbut still a remarkable man. More importantly, Vann serves as the anchor of a detailed, well-researched, very respectable, and readable attempt to explain the Vietnam experience. Excerpted in The New Yorker. Highly recommended. BMOC main selection.Kenneth W. Berger, Duke Univ. Lib., Durham, N.C.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 13451 KB
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  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (October 20, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 20, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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