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978-0-394-48447-1 / 0394484479

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

by Neil Sheehan

Publisher:Random House

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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This passionate, epic account of the Vietnam War centres on Lt Col John Paul Vann, whose story illuminates America's failures and disillusionment in Southeast Asia. Vann was a field adviser to the army when American involvement was just beginning. He quickly became appalled at the corruption of the South Vietnamese regime, their incompetence in fighting the Communists and their brutal alienation of their own people. Finding his superiors too blinded by political lies to understand that the war was being thrown away, he secretly briefed reporters on what was really happening. One of those reporters was Neil Sheehan. This definitive exposť on why America lost the war won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1989.

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