A bright shining lie john paul vann and america in vietnam is a book by neil sheehan a former new york times reporter about us army lieutenant colonel john paul vann and the united states involvement in the vietnam war sheehan was awarded the 1988 national book award for nonfiction and the 1989 pulitzer prize for general non fiction for the book it was adapted as a film of the same name released by hbo in 1998 starring bill paxton and amy madigan. This item a bright shining lie john paul vann and america in vietnam by neil sheehan paperback 2100 temporarily out of stock ships from and sold by amazoncom. Just like john paul vann was the single essential american in vietnam a bright shining lie is the single essential general history of the vietnam war sheehan ably blends the overall history of the war which we know all too well with the career of one of its strangest figures the renegade lt colonel counter insurgency expert early war cassandra and late war dr pangloss civilian general good friend and depraved predator who was john paul vann. Bright shining lie is the longest of the lot and its 800 pages are not for the faint hearted though neither were the deeds and words of the mercurial brilliant brave reckless flawed john paul vann both of which neil sheehan covers and contextualises so brilliantly. A bright and shining lie john paul vann and america in vietnam paperback january 1 1988 a bright and shining lie john paul vann and america in vietnam paperback january 1 1988 by photo illustrated sheehan neil author 47 out of 5 stars 409 ratings see all formats and editions
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