By Neil Sheehan
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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