896 pages, 7.99 × 5.15 × 1.8 in
September 19, 1989
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0679724141
ISBN - 13: 9780679724148
From the Publisher
ONE OF THE MOST ACCLAIMED BOOKS OF OUR TIME
25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
When he came to Vietnam in 1962, Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Vann was the one clear-sighted participant in an enterpirse riddled with arrogance and self-deception, a charismatic soldier who put his life and career on the line in an attempt to convince his superiors that the war should be fought another way. By the time he died in 1972, Vann had embraced the follies he once decired. 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.
From the Jacket
"If there is one book that captures the Vietnam war in the sheer Homeric scale of its passion and folly, this is it."--The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Neil Sheehan is the author of A Fiery Peace in a Cold War. He spent three years in Vietnam as a war correspondent for United Press International and The New York Times and won numerous awards for his reporting. In 1971 he obtained the Pentagon Papers, which brought the Times the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for meritorious public service. Sheehan lives in Washington, D.C. He is married to the writer Susan Sheehan.
From the Hardcover edition.
From Our Editors
It's a brilliant and deeply moving biography/history of the Vietnam War. In 1962, Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Vann came to Vietnam a young, arrogant and unaware soldier. Naively, he tried to convince his superiors that the war should be fought another way - a better way. A decade later, in 1972, Vann was a changed man; he died believing that the Vietnam War had been won by the Americans. A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam is Neil Sheehan's monumental and compelling national best-seller. Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, it captures the immense folly and passion of this tragic war and of the remarkable Vann.
"Masterly. . . . One of the few brilliant histories of the American entanglement in Vietnam." --The New York Times"A brilliant work of enormous substance and ambition. In telling one man's story [A Bright Shining Lie] sets out to define the fatal contradictions that lost America the war in Vietnam. It belongs to the same order of merit as Dispatches, The Best and the Brightest, and Fire in the Lake." --Robert Stone, Washington Post Book World"A compelling, graphic, and deeply sensitive biography [and] one of the few brilliant histories of the American enthanglement in Vietnam. . . . 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." --David Shipler, The New York Times"If there is one book that catpures the Vietnam War in the sheer Homeric scale of its passion and folly, this book is it. Neil Sheehan orchestrates a great fugue evoking all the elements of the war." --Ronald Steel, The New York Times Book Review"An unforgettable narrative, a chronicle grand enough to suit the crash and clangors of whole armies. A Bright Shining Lie is a very great piece of work; its rewards are aesthetic and . . . almost spiritual." --The New York Review of Books"Enormous power . . . full of great accomplishments . . . Neil Sheehan has written not only the best book ever about Vietnam, but the timeliest." --Newsweek"It is difficult to belie