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A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam Summary & Study Guide
More than 58, United States soldiers died in the Vietnam War, but in the world of letters, the death of a single American civilian came to represent the entire jungle quagmire. John Paul Vann went down in a helicopter crash on June 9, What makes the book particularly compelling is that it is both a broad look at the folly of the war and an intimate portrait of a chillingly Shakespearean character. It was extremely hard on his wife, Susan, and their daughters; the girls were barely in elementary school when he started, and out of the house by the time he finished, with no family vacations to speak of along the way.
Sheehan, 81, said from his Washington home. A poor Irish farm boy from Holyoke, Mass. Sheehan first went to Vietnam in for United Press International. He soon befriended Vann, a distinguished veteran of the Korean War serving as an adviser to the South Vietnamese Army. Although he was a gung-ho warrior type and always believed the Vietnam War was winnable, Vann came to realize the attrition strategy was a failure, the constant bombing of the countryside was helping Vietcong recruitment, and the rampant corruption in the Saigon leadership, funded through American dollars, was devastating to the cause.
He fought back through the news media, leaking information sometimes through Mr. Sheehan, who eventually was hired by The New York Times, some of which directly contradicted what was coming out Washington.
To Mr. In April , Vann left Vietnam, and it seemed to all the world that the Pentagon was punishing him for speaking out when he resigned from the Army that July. As the years went on, Mr. But it took his death for the book idea to coalesce. Their lone daughter had just given birth. Sheehan found himself standing in the back of the chapel. Sheehan told me.
Sheehan himself makes a smart tactical decision by letting readers get to know Vann as a soldier first. His idealism and bravery shone through after he returned to Vietnam in as a civilian pacification officer for the Agency for International Development.
In , Vann was made a senior adviser for the Central Highlands in charge of all military personnel, effectively a major general in the Army. The following spring, the North Vietnamese Army launched the Easter offensive, surrounding and attacking the provincial capital Kontum with three enemy divisions. The day after Kontum was secured, Vann perished in the mountains. John Allen led the family in refusing to stand at the end of the service for several dignitaries, including Secretary of State William Rogers.
However, there were limits to the Vann family rebellion. What nobody knew at the time, Mr. Sheehan included, was how much more there was to the story. John Paul Vann had secrets, including the reason he left the military. As Mr. Even in a world of macho libertine behavior, Vann stood out, bedding women everywhere he lived, traveled and worked, often multiple times a day. He had two longstanding mistresses in Vietnam; one he forced to get an abortion, the other had a child.
Women were to be conquered. He certainly never took the feelings of his wife, Mary Jane, into consideration. Remarkably, even with the rampant womanizing and misogyny, Mr. Sheehan is able to create empathy for John Paul Vann through his diligent reporting. John Paul, his stepbrother and two stepsisters were raised by Frank Vann, a decent, passive man who was intermittently employed and took the brunt of her cruelty. Things would get worse for John Paul when he came under the wing of a young Methodist pastor, Garland Hopkins.
At 14, Vann unburdened himself to Hopkins, who persuaded him to join his Boy Scout troop. Hopkins was a pedophile, and Mr. Sheehan writes there is no doubt he molested Vann.
Years later, a few weeks before returning to Vietnam, Vann was staying with Hopkins. By now, the pastor had been left by his wife and child, dismissed by his church, and was facing prosecution for his continued pedophilia. Hopkins drank rat poison with strychnine, knowing Vann would find his body. Dad allowed him to be around his sons unsupervised. You can imagine what that does to a young boy.
Hopkins caused both of us shame and dad took it out on me. A half-century later, the hurt Vann caused the family lingers. John Allen Vann, who went on to have a successful investment banking career, spent many years in therapy to break the cycle of violence.
Yet the combination of the abuse at home and the absenteeism of a military father caused rifts. John Allen avoids contact with his sister and one of his brothers. The Vann family realities are murky. What is clear is that both sons separate their father from the soldier. He became a starved shark whose only goal was to trash and conquer blindly. Their mother, Mary Jane, 90, has never read it, but they both love the book and have warm memories of getting to know the Sheehans.
Sheehan took a leave from The Times to write his book, but he never returned. The longer the book took, the worse his anxiety, insomnia and stress became, but the passage of time gave his page masterpiece the breathing room to become a hit.
When it finally came out, the political climate in America surrounding the war had changed immensely. Perhaps the most appropriate tribute was detailed in a Washington Post profile by William Prochnau. Sheehan is most proud of the work for which he, and John Paul Vann, will always be remembered.
I hope it endures as a piece of history to be read again and again. All I can say in my later days, I am deeply satisfied. He died believing he had won his war. Home Page World Coronavirus U.
Neil Sheehan, A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam
More than 58, United States soldiers died in the Vietnam War, but in the world of letters, the death of a single American civilian came to represent the entire jungle quagmire. John Paul Vann went down in a helicopter crash on June 9, What makes the book particularly compelling is that it is both a broad look at the folly of the war and an intimate portrait of a chillingly Shakespearean character. It was extremely hard on his wife, Susan, and their daughters; the girls were barely in elementary school when he started, and out of the house by the time he finished, with no family vacations to speak of along the way. Sheehan, 81, said from his Washington home.
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A Bright Shining Lie
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John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam
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