A Bright Shining Lie
This is about
John Paul Vann who became an
adviser to the Saigon regime
in the early 1960s. He was
an ardent critic of how the
war was fought, both on the
part of the Saigon regime,
which he viewed as corrupt
and incompetent, and, as
time went by, increasingly,
on the part of the U.S.
military. In particular, he
was critical of the U.S.
military command, especially
under William Westmoreland,
and their inability to adapt
to the fact that they were
facing a popular guerrilla
movement while backing a
Comments by John...
"The problem that I had, and Iím sure many other readers had, was that Sheehan had a perfect foil in the death of JP Vann, who could not argue with the authorís use of him as a metaphor for the lie that was the Vietnam War. That Vann thought we were winning the war at the time of his death was dismissed by Sheehan with an ďI told you soĒ, pointing to Vannís death as unfortunately substantiating the authorís thesis. But still, I cannot dismiss this very flawed yet compelling and thorough book. If not the very best book about the US role in the Vietnam conflict, it is certainly in the top tier."
Paul Betit Novels
The Man in The Canal, the long-awaited sequel to Phu Bai and
Kagnew Station, are now available. Paul Betitís new mystery-suspense novel
describing the adventures of U.S. Army CID investigator John Murphy is set in
Sweden during the summer of 1971.
For more information about Betitís books and his public appearances, please
What Have They Done to the Rain?
The story of Pat Dugganís life in the Army, and service in the
Vietnam War as a Gunner in 161 Battery, Royal New Zealand Artillery.
Pat can be contacted directly if anyone would like to purchase directly
from the author. He would also be happy to sign any copies sold this way.
Contact me and I will supply Pat's