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By Neil Sheehan

Outspoken, expert and fearless, Lt. Col. John Paul Vann went to Vietnam in 1962, jam-packed with self assurance in America's may and correct to be triumphant. He was once quickly appalled by means of the South Vietnamese troops' unwillingness to struggle, by way of their random slaughter of civilians and via the boldness and corruption of the USA army. He flouted his supervisors and leaked his sharply pessimistic - and, because it grew to become out, exact - tests to the U.S. press corps in Saigon. between them was once Sheehan, who turned eager about the indignant Vann, befriended him and his tragic and reckless career.

Sixteen years within the making, A brilliant Shining Lie is an eloquent and irritating portrait of a guy who in lots of methods personified the U.S. battle attempt in Vietnam, of a solider forged within the heroic mold, an American Lawrence of Arabia. Blunt, idealistic, patronising to the Vietnamese, Vann used to be haunted via a shameful mystery - the truth that he was once the illegitimate son of a 'white trash' prostitute. playing away his profession, 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 conflict. while he used to be killed in 1972, he used to be mourned at Arlington cemetery through best political figures of the day. Sheehan recounts his spectacular tale during this intimate and excessive meditation on a clash that scarred the judgment of right and wrong of a nation.

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