A Bright Shining Lie

A Bright Shining Lie
Author: Neil Sheehan
Publisher: Random House
Total Pages: 882
Release: 2010-08-03
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 1407063901


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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.

Even the Women Must Fight

Even the Women Must Fight
Author: Karen Gottschang Turner
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2008-05-02
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 0470347473


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Even the Women Must Fight "Karen Turner and Phan Thanh Hao have brought scholarship and compassion to a long-neglected aspect of the Vietnam War--the contributions of Vietnamese women to the independence struggle of their nation and the terrible price they paid for their courage and patriotism."--Neil Sheehan, author of A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam. A searing chronicle of wartime experiences, Even the Women Must Fight probes the cultural legacy of North Vietnam's American War. Unflinching in its portrayal of hardship, valor, and personal sacrifice, this wrenching account is nothing short of a revelation, banishing in one bold stroke the familiar image of Vietnamese women as passive onlookers, war brides, prostitutes, or helpless refugees. "Karen Turner has given us a book that will change our understanding of the Vietnam War--and of Vietnam today. I found it enthralling." --Cynthia Enloe, author of The Morning After: * Sexual Politics at the End of the Cold War. "A first-rate book that will add substantially to our understanding of the human tragedy associated with one of the most bloody conflicts in recent history."--Robert Brigham, Professor of History, Vassar College.

The Battle of Ap Bac

The Battle of Ap Bac
Author: Neil Sheehan
Publisher: Vintage
Total Pages: 112
Release: 2014-07-29
Genre: History
ISBN: 1101873647


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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

A Bright Shining Lie
Author: Neil Sheehan
Publisher:
Total Pages: 861
Release: 1989
Genre: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
ISBN:


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Military Assistance Advisory Group-Vietnam (1954-1963): The Battle Of Ap Bac

Military Assistance Advisory Group-Vietnam (1954-1963): The Battle Of Ap Bac
Author: Major Kevin R. Kilbride
Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing
Total Pages: 106
Release: 2014-08-15
Genre: History
ISBN: 1782896902


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The performance of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) at the Battle of Ap Bac, January 2, 1963, established a narrative that the South Vietnamese were unwilling to fight or lacked aggressiveness. At the time of the Battle of Ap Bac, the South Vietnamese had been receiving direct military aid from the US and under the tutelage of American advisors for over eight years. Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Vann was the senior US Army advisor present and remarked after the battle, “It was a miserable damn performance, just like it always is. These people won’t listen. They make the same mistake over and over again in the same way.” In the context of those comments, ARVN did not show an appreciable increase in combat effectiveness with years of direct American support. The larger narrative surrounding the battle indicates that the performance of ARVN was a harbinger for future challenges and setbacks in South Vietnam. This battle and subsequent evaluation of the ARVN attribute the cause for combat ineffectiveness was the South Vietnamese lacking leadership and not possessing the necessary fighting spirit. Is the evaluation that the outcome of the Battle of Ap Bac hinged on the ARVN’s lack of aggressiveness still valid when put in the broader cultural, social, and political context that existed at its birth?

After the War was Over

After the War was Over
Author: Neil Sheehan
Publisher: Random House (NY)
Total Pages: 152
Release: 1992
Genre: History
ISBN: 9780679413912


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Author's account of visiting Hanoi and Saigon fifteen years after the end of the Vietnam War.

Vietnam

Vietnam
Author: John Dumbrell
Publisher:
Total Pages: 56
Release: 1992
Genre: United States
ISBN:


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Inspired by True Events

Inspired by True Events
Author: Robert J. Niemi
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 877
Release: 2013-10-17
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN:


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An up-to-date and indispensable guide for film history buffs of all kind, this book surveys more than 500 major films based on true stories and historical subject matter. When a film is described as "based on a true story" or "inspired by true events," exactly how "true" is it? Which "factual" elements of the story were distorted for dramatic purposes, and what was added or omitted? Inspired by True Events: An Illustrated Guide to More Than 500 History-Based Films, Second Edition concisely surveys a wide range of major films, docudramas, biopics, and documentaries based on real events, addressing subject areas including military history and war, political figures, sports, and art. This book provides an up-to-date and indispensable guide for all film history buffs, students and scholars of history, and fans of the cinema.

Air Defense Artillery

Air Defense Artillery
Author:
Publisher:
Total Pages: 272
Release: 1990
Genre: Air defenses
ISBN:


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ADA.

ADA.
Author:
Publisher:
Total Pages: 52
Release: 1990
Genre: Antiaircraft artillery
ISBN:


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