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A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan
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Sep 19, 1989 | ISBN 9780679724148

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“Masterly. . . . One of the few brilliant histories of the American entanglement in Vietnam.” —The New York Times

“A brilliant work of enormous substance and ambition. In telling one man’s story [A Bright Shining Lie] sets out to define the fatal contradictions that lost America the war in Vietnam. It belongs to the same order of merit as Dispatches, The Best and the Brightest, and Fire in the Lake.” –Robert Stone, Washington Post Book World

“A compelling, graphic, and deeply sensitive biography [and] one of the few brilliant histories of the American enthanglement in Vietnam. . . . Sheehan’s skillful weaving of anecdote and history, of personal memoir and psychological profile, give the book the sense of having been written by a novelist, journalist, and scholar all rolled up into one.” –David Shipler, The New York Times

“If there is one book that catpures the Vietnam War in the sheer Homeric scale of its passion and folly, this book is it. Neil Sheehan orchestrates a great fugue evoking all the elements of the war.” –Ronald Steel, The New York Times Book Review

“An unforgettable narrative, a chronicle grand enough to suit the crash and clangors of whole armies. A Bright Shining Lie is a very great piece of work; its rewards are aesthetic and . . . almost spiritual.” —The New York Review of Books

“Enormous power . . . full of great accomplishments . . . Neil Sheehan has written not only the best book ever about Vietnam, but the timeliest.” —Newsweek

“It is difficult to believe that anyone will write a more gripping or important book on America’s war in Vietnam than A Bright Shining Lie, a towering book that has been 16 years in the making. . . . Sheehan shows, perhaps more convincingly than anyone else who has written on the subject, that our intervention in Vietnam was in fact a terrible blunder, damaging to America and devastating to the Vietnamese and the other people of Indochina–a mistake as tragic as it was unnecessary.” –Detroit News

“[A Bright Shining Lie] is more than a biography. It is also a compelling and clear hstiroy of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Mr. Sheehan’s book . . . is the best answer to any American who asks: ‘How could this have happened?'” —Wall Street Journal

“Using the life of one man as his framework, Neil Sheehan has written the best book on America’s involvement in Vietnam since Frances FitzGerald’s Fire in the Lake.” —Kirkus Reviews

“One of the milestones in the literature about the war. . . . In these times, a readable book about the Vietnam war, like any other clear warning, is worth its weight in life.” —Christian Science Monitor


National Book Awards WINNER 1988

Pulitzer Prize WINNER 1989

Robert F. Kennedy Book Award WINNER 1989

Sidney Hillman Prize WINNER 1988

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