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A Bright Shining Lie : John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam

Sheehan, Neil

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ISBN 10: 0394484479 / ISBN 13: 9780394484471
Published by New York, NY, U.S.A.: Random House, 1988, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1988
Used Condition: Fine Cloth Over Boards
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Cloth Over Boards. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. HB/DJ, F/F, 861 pp. Demco protective cover put on DJ. Book has very light rubbing at bottom edges but cloth not torn at all. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for history & National Book Award-winning biography of Lt. Col. Vann and history of America in the Vietnam War. Four separate sheets of paper included: 1) Map of South Vietnam, 2) Region 4 Report of Americans are MIA, and two poems of 3) Come Visit My Grave, 4) He Said He Had a Friend. A Bright Shining Lie is a stunning revelation for all who thought they understood the war, certain to provoke debate and controversy. Bookseller Inventory # 8631

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Title: A Bright Shining Lie : John Paul Vann and ...

Publisher: New York, NY, U.S.A.: Random House, 1988, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Cloth Over Boards

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

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Sheehan's tragic biography of John Paul Vann is also a sweeping history of America's seduction, entrapment and disillusionment in Vietnam.

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This passionate, epic account of the Vietnam War centers on Lt. Col. John Paul Vann, whose story illuminates America's failures and disillusionment in Southeast Asia. Vann was a field adviser to the army when American involvement was just beginning. He quickly became appalled at the corruption of the South Vietnamese regime, their incompetence in fighting the Communists, and their brutal alienation of their own people. Finding his superiors too blinded by political lies to understand that the war was being thrown away, he secretly briefed reporters on what was really happening. One of those reporters was Neil Sheehan. This definitive expose on why America lost the war won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1989.

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