By Neil Sheehan
Sixteen years within the making, A vibrant Shining Lie is an eloquent and worrying portrait of a guy who in lots of methods personified the U.S. battle attempt in Vietnam, of a solider forged within the heroic mildew, an American Lawrence of Arabia. Blunt, idealistic, patronising to the Vietnamese, Vann was once haunted by way of a shameful mystery - the truth that he was once the illegitimate son of a 'white trash' prostitute. playing away his occupation, Vann left the military that he enjoyed and lower back to Vietnam as a civilian within the pacification programme. He rose to turn into the 1st American civilian to wield a general's command in warfare. whilst he was once killed in 1972, he was once mourned at Arlington cemetery by means of best political figures of the day. Sheehan recounts his brilliant tale during this intimate and severe meditation on a clash that scarred the moral sense of a nation.
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A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam by Neil Sheehan