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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.

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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.

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.

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Mark Carroll, September 18, 2006 (view all comments by Mark Carroll)
This is one of the best books on the Vietnam War. This history is intertwinned with the life of John Paul Vann, a US military advisor. Vann was very outspoken in his views about how the war was being fought and would ultimately be lost if tactics didn't change.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679724148
Author:
Sheehan, Neil
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Military - Vietnam War
Subject:
Vietnamese conflict, 1961-1975
Subject:
Southeast Asia
Subject:
Soldiers
Subject:
Soldiers -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
Vietnamese Conflict, 19
Subject:
Soldados
Subject:
Asia - Southeast Asia
Subject:
Soldiers -- United States.
Subject:
United States - Officers
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Military
Subject:
history;vietnam;vietnam war;war;biography;non-fiction;military history;military;politics;usa;american history;20th century;1960s;john paul vann;pulitzer prize;us history;warfare;america;national book award;journalism;american;foreign policy;cold war;us;us
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
1938-1939
Publication Date:
19890931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
896
Dimensions:
7.99 x 5.15 x 1.8 in 1.8 lb

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