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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,704 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neil Sheehan Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this magisterial book, a monument of history and biography that was awarded the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, renowned journalist Neil Sheehan tells the story of Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Vann—“the one irreplaceable American in Vietnam”—and of the tragedy that destroyed that country and the lives of so many Americans.

Outspoken and fearless, John Paul Vann arrived in Vietnam in 1962, full of confidence in America’s might and right to prevail. 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 US 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. Witnessing the arrogance and self-deception firsthand, Vann put his life and career on the line in an attempt to convince his superiors that the war should be fought another way. But by the time he died in 1972, Vann had embraced the follies he once decried. He went to his grave believing that the war had been won.

A haunting and critically acclaimed masterpiece, A Bright Shining Lie is a timeless account of the American experience in Vietnam—a work that is epic in scope, piercing in detail, and told with the keen understanding of a journalist who was actually there. Neil Sheehan’s classic serves as a stunning revelation for all who thought they understood the war.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 1988 National Book Award for Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
  • Winner of the 1989 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award
  • Winner of the 1989 Ambassador Book Award for American Studies

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah Harkness | 2/18/2014

    " i read this book many years ago, and I still think it must be one of the best researched, most passionate accounts of what went wrong in Vietnam for the Americans. Vann is certainly no hero - and yet for all the lying, betrayal and womanising, you can't help but think that the writer admires his passion and commitment, however misguided and blind it may be. Perhaps that in itself is a metaphore for the US? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Charlie | 2/9/2014

    " Best history of the War...better than Fire on the Lake "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hugh Carson | 2/6/2014

    " A companion book to "The Unquiet American" with regard to Vann and Holbrooke being in Vietnam before the big run-up of the war. Basically the same conclusions. True American heroes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katrina | 1/18/2014

    " Read this for research in a class "The Vietnam Experience". The book was a vivid history and compelling read. "

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