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A Bright Shining Lie was part biography of John Paul Vann, part history lesson of the Vietnam War, and part personal memoir for Neil Sheehan. Format: DVD Change. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Unbelievably well researched and told with the personal input of someone who was there. Ver opiniones y detalles sobre la gran selección de Blu-ray y DVD, nuevos o de 2ª mano. 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION. No sentiment, just a beautifully woven first-hand account. --Ronald Steel, The New York Times Book Review"An unforgettable narrative, a chronicle grand enough to suit the crash and clangors of whole armies. Hardly surprising that it won the Pulitzer. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. 125. How easily overbearing politicos can believe that their own view is the only valid one shines through this book. But Vann's true reason for resignation is not just to protest as assumed by many in the media but it is also a bright and shinning lie as reporters find out years later that Vann resigned due to significant personal issues that may have affected his career. --Christian Science Monitor. Facebook. Write a review. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Vann evidently came to terms with the Saigon establishment's venality, and the conclusion we are invited to draw is that because he had so much invested in the war, professionally and personally, his moral compass drifted as his sole aim became its continuation, with himself as one its shining stars, (and which in military terms he certainly was). DVD. Sixteen years in the making, A Bright Shining Lie is an eloquent and disturbing portrait of a man who in many ways personified the US war effort in Vietnam, of a solider cast in the heroic mould, an American Lawrence of Arabia. With Bill Paxton, Bo Eason, William L. Mansey, Karina Logue. My neighbor that served two tours in Vietnam in the 1st Air Cavalry highly recommended this book. Its not an easy short read, but worth persevering. As for John Paul Vann.....what a complicated man! The in depth bio of his youth is told in detail as Vann came from a broken in home in Norfolk, VA. where his mother made herself the priority to the determent of her children. In these times, a readable book about the Vietnam war, like any other clear warning, is worth its weight in life." . --The New York Times Book Review. . Graham Greene wrote of Vietnam in The Quiet American, "whatever you are looking for, you will find here". History of the War and Vann: Both Inseperable, Unique Story. American Book Award winner, Black against Empire provides an ultimate overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party.Â. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 16, 2020. A Bright Shining Lie is a very great piece of work; its rewards are aesthetic and . I had some knowledge of Vietnam history but this book is on an entirely new level. "Masterly. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 1, 2018. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. His gloom-and-doom prophesies made many enemies up and down the chain of command. The book starts with Vann's funeral in Washington that includes the highest level of Nixon's defense team along with friends of Vann disillusioned with the war such as the "Pentagon Papers" leak Daniel Ellsberg. Account & Lists Account Returns & Orders. Mr. Sheehan's book . A Bright Shining Lie reveals the truth about the war in Vietnam as it unfolded before Vann's eyes: the arrogance and professional corruption of the U.S. military system of the 1960s, the incompetence and venality of the South Vietnamese army, the nightmare of death and destruction that began with the arrival of the American forces. One of the pillars of Vietnam War history, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 18, 2017. I recommend this book for anyone, veteran or not, that wants to know what the hell was going on over there and why. Top positive review. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 1, 2018. It is a credit to Sheehan that his gripping narrative causes the reader to will Vann to succeed knowing full well that those successes served merely to delay the inevitable and prolong the agony. A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam Neil Sheehan. Compulsory reading to understand why the US failed so completely, apart from the obvious:- they should not have been there in the first place. . . --The New York Review of Books"Enormous power . Sadly, I believe that we will make the same mistakes again, repeatedly. Vann literally is a heroic American story of a man who comes from nothing to a most respected leader in Vietnam. Something went wrong. . --Detroit News"[A Bright Shining Lie] is more than a biography. It is also a compelling and clear hstiroy of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. 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. A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan, unknown edition, Chronicles the military career of Lt. Col. John Paul Vann, profiling his military and civilian roles in the Vietnam War. Vann may have had a "better idea" of how to prosecute the war, but in the end his approach still betrayed the American arrogance that ultimately led to defeat. Add to Cart. However it is the history of the early years of the US' ill-starred intervention, during Kennedy's "advisory" period, and well before the general slaughter of the Johnson and Nixon eras, that the insitutional arrogance, inflexibility and dishonesty of the US military establishment and its political masters, and the monstrous corruption of its Saigon clients, is mercilessly exposed by Vann's incisive, courageous and hands-on approach to a cause in which he never ceased to believe. If you're a seller, Fulfillment by Amazon can help you grow your business. Blunt, idealistic, patronising to the Vietnamese, Vann was haunted by a shameful secret - the fact that he was the illegitimate son of a 'white trash' prostitute. . To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Paperback. Its not an easy short read, but worth persevering. Warts and all on the sorry mess that was the vietnam war. . Please try again. . The research is superb and backed up by his interviewees, basically everybody who survived. This was a war that really split a whole country (the US) and, with hindsight, was abominably managed, run and lost (dismally). Something went wrong. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Twitter. Remember that he writes from the US perspective (he was there) so little from Hanoi and Uncle Ho. Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2015. Unable to add item to Wish List. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 12, 2019. 4.4 out of 5 stars 369. How easily overbearing politicos can believe that their own view is the only valid one shines through this book. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. Seehan provides astonishingly detailed on-the-ground (and in the air) details to the fatal miscalculations and worse of US military and political policy in Vietnam and focuses on the character and personality of Vann to exemplify these tragic flaws. Sheehan's skillful weaving of anecdote and history, of personal memoir and psychological profile, give the book the sense of having been written by a novelist, journalist, and scholar all rolled up into one." We work hard to protect your security and privacy. has been added to your Cart. This book brought back memories and answered an awful lot of the questions I had at that time. The author was one of many famous reporters who spent a lot of time in Vietnam such as David Halberstam and Morley Safer. Sent into Vietnam's deadly Central Highlands, a true heartfelt story of my dad and his fellow skytroopers, brought to life by photos and letters home. Bright Shining Lie: Suharto, the CIA and the Coup of September 1965 Everything you have ever thought you knew about Suharto and how he came to power is a Lie. Lesen Sie ehrliche und unvoreingenommene Rezensionen von unseren Nutzern. Vann's total dedication to Vietnam was a determent to his American family with an already struggling marriage with numerous personal relations in Vietnam that equal his unique energy' and personal high risk in the field. Colonel who retires after serving in Vietnam on a tour as a battlefield advisor in the early 60's. . I believe books are a subjective item to be reviewing. 4.7 out of 5 stars 455. You could stack the literature generated by the French and US Vietnam wars - mostly good, often excellent - high and wide on a very large table, the four legs of which would, in my opinion, consist of Hell In A Very Small Place (Bernard Fall), Vietnam (Stanley Karnow), Death In The Ricefields (Pierre Scholl-Latour), and Bright Shining Lie. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for A Bright Shining Lie at Amazon.com. As always the movie hardly touched what was in the book. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. . If you're a seller, Fulfilment by Amazon can help you grow your business. Warts and all on the sorry mess that was the vietnam war. The best book you are ever likely to read about American involvement in Vietnam. Paperback. The other thing about him is that it appeared he was correct and prescient in so many ways. . 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. 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION. Filter by. Fast, FREE delivery, video streaming, music, and much more. Don't have a Kindle? 4 offers from £23.32. Try. With the benefit of hindsight it would be easy to criticise Vann for not advocating total withdrawal after Ap Bac, however to do so would be to under-estimate just how his generation of bright, patriotic, optimistic American junior and middle-ranking serviceman and journalists covering the war believed in all sincerity that their cause was both just and worth persevering with. Award winning author Neil Sheehan chronicles America's involvement in Vietnam by reviewing the life of legendary soldier, John Paul Vann. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. 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