Sheehan, A Bright Shining Lie – John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam.
Sheehan, A Bright Shining Lie - John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam.
Sheehan, Neil. A Bright Shining Lie – John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam. First Edition. London, Jonothan Cape, 1989. 24cm x 16cm. 861 pages. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket. Very good condition with only minor signs of wear.
Lt. Col John Paul Vann/ Vietnam in 1962/ Oustpoken and fearless, full of confidence in America’s might and right to prevail/ Appalled by the South Vietnamese troops’ unwillingness to fight, by their random slaughter of civilians and by the arrogance and corruption of the U.S. military/ He flouted his supervisors and leaked his sharply pessimistic and accurate assessments to the U.S. press corps in Saigon/ Neil Sheehan became fascinated by the angry Vann, befriended him and followed his tragic and reckless career/ this book was sixteen years in the making/ a disturbing and eloquent portrait of a man who in many ways personified the U.S. war effort, of a soldier cast in the heroic mould – the closest the United States came in Vietnam to a Lawrence of Arabia/ Vann was haunted by a shameful secret: he gambled away his career, left the army that he loved and returned to Vietnam as a civilian in the pacification programme/ He rose to become the first American civilian to wield a general’s command in war/ Vann was killed in 1972/ He was mourned at Arlington cemetary by leading political figures of the day/ Astonishing story of this intimate and intense meditation on a conflict that scarred the conscience of a nation.
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Sheehan – A Bright Shining Lie – John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam.