A Bright Shining Lie

Sixteen years in the making, A Bright Shining Lie is an eloquent and disturbing portrait of a man who in many ways personified the US war effort in Vietnam, of a solider cast in the heroic mould, an American Lawrence of Arabia.

Author: Neil Sheehan

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407063901

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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Outspoken, professional and fearless, Lt. Col. John Paul Vann went to Vietnam in 1962, full of confidence in America's might and right to prevail. He was soon appalled by the South Vietnamese troops' unwillingness to fight, by their random slaughter of civilians and by the arrogance and corruption of the US military. He flouted his supervisors and leaked his sharply pessimistic - and, as it turned out, accurate - assessments to the US press corps in Saigon. Among them was Sheehan, who became fascinated by the angry Vann, befriended him and followed his tragic and reckless career. Sixteen years in the making, A Bright Shining Lie is an eloquent and disturbing portrait of a man who in many ways personified the US war effort in Vietnam, of a solider cast in the heroic mould, an American Lawrence of Arabia. Blunt, idealistic, patronising to the Vietnamese, Vann was haunted by a shameful secret - the fact that he was the illegitimate son of a 'white trash' prostitute. Gambling away his career, Vann left the army that he loved and returned to Vietnam as a civilian in the pacification programme. He rose to become the first American civilian to wield a general's command in war. When he was killed in 1972, he was mourned at Arlington cemetery by leading political figures of the day. Sheehan recounts his astonishing story in this intimate and intense meditation on a conflict that scarred the conscience of a nation.

A Bright Shining Lie

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Category: Anti-war films

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Shakespeare Would Cry

In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam.

Author: William Arling

Publisher: Lennex

ISBN: 9785458882453

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In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.

A Bright Shining Lie

Author: Neil Sheehan

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Category: Vietnam War, 1961-1975

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Neil Sheehan s A Bright and Shining Lie

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Category: Press and politics

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After the War Was Over

A look at Hanoi and Saigon as they are today describes the effects of the Vietnam War on the two cities and their inhabitants

Author: Neil Sheehan

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780679745075

Category: Hanoi (Vietnam)

Page: 131

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A look at Hanoi and Saigon as they are today describes the effects of the Vietnam War on the two cities and their inhabitants

The Battle of Ap Bac

It is an exciting, terrifying, fast-paced portrait of close-contact warfare in the rice paddies, the story of John Vann’s attempt to singlehandedly change the terms of battle and avoid the relentless killing grounds of Vietnam that lay ...

Author: Neil Sheehan

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101873647

Category: History

Page: 112

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In the opening years of the Vietnam War, a small group of American military advisors and their South Vietnamese allies were facing down the Viet Cong. The confident Americans were there to do what seemed elementary: help the South Vietnamese army defeat a ragtag guerrilla enemy. They were assured of swift success. But one officer, John Paul Vann, saw darker omens for the future—and in the Battle of Ap Bac, the Viet Cong proved him correct. Encapsulating the great terrors, mistakes, ironies, and courageous acts of the Vietnam War, “The Battle of Ap Bac” recounts the clash in which the Viet Cong first won their spurs. It is an exciting, terrifying, fast-paced portrait of close-contact warfare in the rice paddies, the story of John Vann’s attempt to singlehandedly change the terms of battle and avoid the relentless killing grounds of Vietnam that lay ahead. A key selection from Neil Sheehan’s masterpiece, A Bright Shining Lie—which remains the preeminent history of the Vietnam War—it offers a prescient warning for current conflicts between powerful forces and underestimated foes. A Vintage Shorts Vietnam Selection. An ebook short.

A Bright Shining Lie at Dusk

In A Bright Shining Lie at Dusk the author probes the evil foundation of the United States of America, which was-and according to him, will be again-white slavery, and traces the muted echoes of the slave mind down through the American ...

Author: James LaFond

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In A Bright Shining Lie at Dusk the author probes the evil foundation of the United States of America, which was-and according to him, will be again-white slavery, and traces the muted echoes of the slave mind down through the American consciousness to the present day. This is a reference work for the unchained mind in two parts. A Strange Seed: Plantation America as a Physical Slave Farm Fruit of the Lie: Modern America as a Mental Slave Farm

Bright Shining Lie

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Two Cities

An account of Neil Sheehan's trip back to Vietnam in 1989, nearly 15 years after the war's end.

Author: Neil Sheehan

Publisher: Jonathan Cape

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Category: Hanoi (Vietnam)

Page: 131

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The Battle of Ap Bac Vietnam

Sheehan , A Bright Shining Lie , 251 ; Department of the Army , Mounted Combat
in Vietnam , 27 ; Annex E , appendix 3 . 94 . Lewis , “ Year of the Hare , ” 31 . 95 .
Annex E , appendices 3 and 4 ; Sheehan , A Bright Shining Lie , 247 – 248 .

Author: David M. Toczek

Publisher: Praeger

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Category: History

Page: 185

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Examines the January 1963 Battle of Ap Bac and places it in the larger context of the Vietnam War.

A Fiery Peace in a Cold War

The US-Soviet arms race, told through the story of a colorful and visionary American Air Force officer—melding biography, history, world affairs, and science to transport the reader back and forth from individual drama to world stage.

Author: Neil Sheehan

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307741400

Category: History

Page: 576

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The US-Soviet arms race, told through the story of a colorful and visionary American Air Force officer—melding biography, history, world affairs, and science to transport the reader back and forth from individual drama to world stage. "Compulsively readable and important.” —The New York Times Book Review In this never-before-told story, Neil Sheehan—winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award -- details American Air Force officer Bernard Schriever’s quest to prevent the Soviet Union from acquiring nuclear superiority, and describes American efforts to develop the unstoppable nuclear-weapon delivery system, the intercontinental ballistic missile, the first weapons meant to deter an atomic holocaust rather than to be fired in anger. In a sweeping narrative, Sheehan brings to life a huge cast of some of the most intriguing characters of the cold war, including the brilliant physicist John Von Neumann, and the hawkish Air Force general, Curtis LeMay.

Bright Shining Lie

There was a coup on the night of September 30 1965 and this book sets out in meticulous detail who planned and executed the coup and why.

Author: Odin Dunne

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On September 30 1965 there was an attempted coup in Indonesia. Until now the accepted history has been that the attempted coup was staged by the Indonesian Communist Party. In the wake of the failure by the Indonesian Communist Party to seize power Suharto who was a General in the Indonesian Armed Forces assumed power and went on to rule Indonesia for the next 30 years.This version of history is false. There was a coup on the night of September 30 1965 and this book sets out in meticulous detail who planned and executed the coup and why.

The Battle of Ap Bac Vietnam

In this book, a longtime U.S. Army officer and history professor at West Point provides the most comprehensive treatment of the battle in print.

Author: David M. Toczek

Publisher: Naval Inst Press

ISBN: 9781591148531

Category: History

Page: 185

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On January 2, 1963, the South Vietnamese Army (ARVN) and its American advisors were soundly defeated by Viet Cong guerrilla forces at Ap Bac. The loss should have caused U.S. policy makers to question the value of their efforts to train and equip the ARVN troops, but they failed to perceive the battle's significance. In this book, a longtime U.S. Army officer and history professor at West Point provides the most comprehensive treatment of the battle in print. David Toczek not only analyzes the operation in detail but places it in the larger context of the war to better evaluate the meaning of what happened. He shows that U.S. civilian and military leadership missed an opportunity early on to learn from their mistakes when they failed to draw any connection between the ARVN's dismal performance at Ap Bac and American policies toward South Vietnam. Toczek notes that while a few tactical changes resulted from the battle, no policy changes were made, not even to the structure of the advisory system. The author also takes a look at the actions of John Paul Vann, the outspoken U.S. Army advisor at Ap Bac that Neil Sheehan wrote about in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book A Bright Shining Lie. Such a careful examination of a battle seen as a metaphor of the entire Vietnam War will prove useful to readers today eager to avoid the pitfalls of the past as they consider how best to fight insurgents of the 21st century.

The Pentagon Papers as Published by the New York Times

A report on the government sponsored top-secret history of the United States relations with Indochina, first published in the New York Times.

Author: Neil Sheehan

Publisher: Bantam

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Category: United States

Page: 677

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A report on the government sponsored top-secret history of the United States relations with Indochina, first published in the New York Times.

Perspectives

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Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam

Sheehan , A Bright Shining Lie , 287 . 90. Ibid . , 288 . 91. Halberstam , Quagmire
, 163–164 . The battle is exhaustively described in Neil Sheehan's biography of
Vann , A Bright Shining Lie , 203–265 . See also David Toczek , The Battle of Ap
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Author: John A. Nagl

Publisher: Greenwood

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Category: History

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Examines the differences in the abilities of the British Army in Malaya and the United States Army in Vietnam to adapt their strategies when confronted with unexpected guerilla warfare.

The Pentagon Papers

This incomparable, 848-page volume includes: The Truman and Eisenhower Years: 1945-1960 by Fox Butterfield Origins of the Insurgency in South Vietnam by Fox Butterfield The Kennedy Years: 1961-1963 by Hedrick Smith The Overthrow of Ngo Dinh ...

Author: Neil Sheehan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1631582933

Category: History

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“The WikiLeaks of its day” (Time) is as relevant as ever to present-day American politics. “The most significant leaks of classified material in American history.” –The Washington Post Not Fake News! The basis for the 2018 film The Post by Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg, The Pentagon Papers are a series of articles, documents, and studies examining the Johnson Administration’s lies to the public about the extent of US involvement in the Vietnam War, bringing to light shocking conclusions about America’s true role in the conflict. Published by The New York Times in 1971, The Pentagon Papers riveted an already deeply divided nation with startling and disturbing revelations about the United States' involvement in Vietnam. The Washington Post called them “the most significant leaks of classified material in American history” and they remain relevant today as a reminder of the importance of a free press and First Amendment rights. The Pentagon Papers demonstrated that the government had systematically lied to both the public and to Congress. This incomparable, 848-page volume includes: The Truman and Eisenhower Years: 1945-1960 by Fox Butterfield Origins of the Insurgency in South Vietnam by Fox Butterfield The Kennedy Years: 1961-1963 by Hedrick Smith The Overthrow of Ngo Dinh Diem: May-November, 1963 by Hedrick Smith The Covert War and Tonkin Gulf: February-August, 1964 by Neil Sheehan The Consensus to Bomb North Vietnam: August, 1964-February, 1965 by Neil Sheehan The Launching of the Ground War: March-July, 1965 by Neil Sheehan The Buildup: July, 1965-September, 1966 by Fox Butterfield Secretary McNamara’s Disenchantment: October, 1966-May, 1967 by Hedrick Smith The Tet Offensive and the Turnaround by E. W. Kenworthy Analysis and Comment Court Records Biographies of Key Figures With a brand-new foreword by James L. Greenfield, this edition of the Pulitzer Prize–winning story is sure to provoke discussion about free press and government deception, and shed some light on issues in the past and the present so that we can better understand and improve the future.

Escape from Empire

Quoted in N . Sheehan , A Bright Shining Lie : John Paul Vann and America in
Vietnam ( New York : Random House , 1988 ) , 147 . Information on Vietnam is
drawn from this source and from G . M . Kahin , Intervention : How America
Became ...

Author: Alice Hoffenberg Amsden

Publisher: Mit Press

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Category: Business & Economics

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The American government has been both miracle worker and villain in the developing world. From the end of World War II until the 1980s poor countries, including many in Africa and the Middle East, enjoyed a modicum of economic growth. New industries mushroomed and skilled jobs multiplied, thanks in part to flexible American policies that showed an awareness of the diversity of Third World countries and an appreciation for their long-standing knowledge about how their own economies worked. Then during the Reagan era, American policy changed. The definition of laissez-faire shifted from "Do it your way" to an imperial "Do it our way." Growth in the developing world slowed, income inequalities skyrocketed, and financial crises raged. Only East Asian economies resisted the strict prescriptions of Washington and continued to boom. Why? In Escape from Empire, Alice Amsden argues provocatively that the more freedom a developing country has to determine its own policies, the faster its economy will grow. America's recent inflexibility—as it has single-mindedly imposed the same rules, laws, and institutions on all developing economies under its influence—has been the backdrop to the rise of two new giants, China and India, who have built economic power in their own way. Amsden describes the two eras in America's relationship with the developing world as "Heaven" and "Hell"—a beneficent and politically savvy empire followed by a dictatorial, ideology-driven one. What will the next American empire learn from the failure of the last? Amsden argues convincingly that the world—and the United States—will be far better off if new centers of power are met with sensible policies rather than hard-knuckled ideologies. But, she asks, can it be done?

The Pentagon Papers as Published by the New York Times

Contains the complete text of the controversial New York Times report, as well as background materials on their origin and significance

Author: Neil Sheehan

Publisher: Times Books

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Category: United States

Page: 810

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Contains the complete text of the controversial New York Times report, as well as background materials on their origin and significance