By Neil Sheehan
Sixteen years within the making, A vivid Shining Lie is an eloquent and worrying portrait of a guy who in lots of methods personified the USA battle attempt in Vietnam, of a solider forged within the heroic mold, an American Lawrence of Arabia. Blunt, idealistic, patronising to the Vietnamese, Vann was once haunted by means of 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 again to Vietnam as a civilian within the pacification programme. He rose to develop into the 1st American civilian to wield a general's command in warfare. whilst he was once killed in 1972, he was once mourned at Arlington cemetery through major political figures of the day. Sheehan recounts his fantastic tale during this intimate and extreme meditation on a clash that scarred the moral sense of a nation.
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