A Bright Shining Lie

John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam

Author: Neil Sheehan

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407063901

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 896

View: 1286

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.

Die Rückkehr

Auf der Suche nach meinem verlorenen Vater

Author: Hisham Matar

Publisher: Luchterhand Literaturverlag

ISBN: 3641194407

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 5766

Ausgezeichnet mit dem Pulitzer-Preis und dem Geschwister-Scholl-Preis 2017 Hisham Matar wuchs als Kind in Libyen auf, doch die Diktatur unter Gaddafi hat seine Familie früh zerstört. Er selbst lebt seit langem in England, sein Vater wurde in das berüchtigtste Gefängnis von Libyen verschleppt. In dem kurzen Zeitfenster nach Gaddafis Sturz und vor dem neuen Bürgerkrieg kehrt Hisham Matar in seine Heimat zurück, um endlich vor Ort nach seinem Vater zu suchen. Sein Buch ist ein bewegendes Dokument.

The Vietnam Experience

A Concise Encyclopedia of American Literature, Songs, and Films

Author: Kevin Hillstrom,Laurie Collier Hillstrom

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313301834

Category: History

Page: 322

View: 4975

Offers forty-three essays on popular expressions of diverse aspects of the Vietnam War, including women war correspondents, atrocities, desertion, and the Kent State shootings.

Krieg ohne Fronten

Die USA in Vietnam

Author: Bernd Greiner

Publisher: Hamburger Edition HIS

ISBN: 3868545840

Category: History

Page: 596

View: 1162

Es war ein Krieg, der mit einer Lüge begann und mittels fortgesetzter Lügen in die Länge gezogen wurde; er war weder aus der Luft noch am Boden zu gewinnen, egal, wie viele zusätzliche Truppen ins Feld geschickt wurden; er war von Kriegsgräueln und Kriegsverbrechen, von Folter, Gefangenenmord und Massakern gekennzeichnet, ging mit einer faktischen Aufhebung des internationalen Kriegsrechts einher und wurde trotz des Wissens um die Unerreichbarkeit seiner Ziele Jahr um Jahr fortgesetzt. Die Rede ist vom Vietnamkrieg der Jahre 1965 bis 1975, der in der historischen Rückschau wie ein "Schwellenkrieg" zwischen dem 20. und 21. Jahrhundert erscheint. Gestützt auf bisher unbekannte Quellen aus amerikanischen Archiven, rekonstruiert Bernd Greiner die Geschichte des längsten und gewalttätigsten Krieges nach 1945. Dabei wird deutlich, warum ein Krieg ohne Fronten im Desaster enden musste und weshalb dennoch zehn Jahre vergingen, ehe eine im Grundsatz verfehlte Politik korrigiert werden konnte - und welche Erbschaft aus dieser Zeit bis heute nachwirkt.

Kontum

The Battle to Save South Vietnam

Author: Thomas P. McKenna

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813140366

Category: History

Page: 378

View: 5483

In the spring of 1972, North Vietnam invaded South Vietnam in what became known as the Easter Offensive. Almost all of the American forces had already withdrawn from Vietnam except for a small group of American advisers to the South Vietnamese armed forces. The 23rd ARVN Infantry Division and its American advisers were sent to defend the provincial capital of Kontum in the Central Highlands. They were surrounded and attacked by three enemy divisions with heavy artillery and tanks but, with the help of air power, managed to successfully defend Kontum and prevent South Vietnam from being cut in half and defeated. Although much has been written about the Vietnam War, little of it addresses either the Easter Offensive or the Battle of Kontum. In Kontum: The Battle to Save South Vietnam, Thomas P. McKenna fills this gap, offering the only in-depth account available of this violent engagement. McKenna, a U.S. infantry lieutenant colonel assigned as a military adviser to the 23rd Division, participated in the battle of Kontum and combines his personal experiences with years of interviews and research from primary sources to describe the events leading up to the invasion and the battle itself. Kontum sheds new light on the actions of U.S. advisers in combat during the Vietnam War. McKenna's book is not only an essential historical resource for America's most controversial war but a personal story of valor and survival.

History in the Media

Film and Television

Author: Robert Niemi

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 157607952X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 501

View: 2387

A resource on the depiction of historical events in film, on television, and on the Internet combines the latest scholarship with reviews of specific works.

The Psychology of Successful Trading

Behavioural Strategies for Profitability

Author: Tim Short

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351601016

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 188

View: 9019

This book is the first to demonstrate the practical implications of an important, yet under-considered area of psychology in helping traders and investors understand the biases and attribution errors that drive unpredictable behaviour on the trading floor. Readers will improve their chances of trading successfully by learning where cognitive biases lead to errors in stock analysis and how these biases can be used to predict behavior in market participants. Focusing on the three major types of bias—Belief-Formation, Quasi-Economic, and Social—the book provides a rigorous discussion of the literature before explaining how each of these biases plays out in financial markets. The author brings together the fields of philosophical psychology and behavioral finance to introduce "theory of mind," providing readers with tools to predict biases in others as well as using these predictions to form optimal trading strategies for themselves. Readers will also learn to understand their own behaviors, counteracting biases such as overconfidence and conformity—and the "curse" of their own knowledge—to strengthen trade performance. Pairing his skill and experience with an extensive research bibliography, Short positions the foundational sources of cognitive biases alongside concrete examples, experimental designs, and trader’s anecdotes, helping readers to apply theoretical guidelines to real-life scenarios. Shrewd professionals and MBA students will benefit from The Psychology of Successful Trading’s intuitive structure and practical focus.

Soldier Talk

The Vietnam War in Oral Narrative

Author: Paul Vincent Budra,Paul Budra,Michael Zeitlin

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253344335

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 225

View: 5783

Soldier Talk is a collection of essays about the Vietnam combat veteran and his representation of his experience. The Vietnam War created a vast archive of recorded accounts of the war, permitting an unprecedented opportunity to confront its brutal secrets. This book is about how to read and how to hear the historical, psychological, and narrative truths of soldiers' talk. The ten chapters explore the phenomenon of soldier talk; the oral narrative form of so much of the Vietnam War literature; the collection of veteran interviews published under the title Nam; Vietnam War poetry; the strange tale of Bobby Garwood, the private who disappeared 10 days before he was to return home and surfaced 13 years later in Hanoi; Vietnam oral history and revolutionary socialism; the historiography of the Vietnam War; "queering Vietnam"; the African American experience of Vietnam; and women and the war. Along the way the authors touch on most of the best-known and most important writing to come out of the war.

Views from an Irish Barbarian

Author: Jonathan Bower

Publisher: Paragon Publishing

ISBN: 1782220909

Category: Art

Page: 178

View: 3514

This collection of essays on a wide range of subjects is witness to the author's stimulating cultural symbiosis with Tunisia, where over a period of more than thirty years, he became a kind of Irish 'Barbarian'.

General Nonfiction Award 1962 - 1993

Author: Heinz-D. Fischer

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110972123

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 414

View: 1646

The School of Journalism at Columbia University has awarded the Pulitzer Prize since 1917. Nowadays there are prizes in 21 categories from the fields of journalism, literature and music. The Pulitzer Prize Archive presents the history of this award from its beginnings to the present: In parts A to E the awarding of the prize in each category is documented, commented and arranged chronologically. Part F covers the history of the prize biographically and bibliographically. Part G provides the background to the decisions.

Air Force Officer's Guide

Author: Stephen E. Wright

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 0811760154

Category: Reference

Page: 432

View: 6504

Air Force officers of all ranks, from cadets to generals, both active duty and reserves, will find this revised edition essential reading for a successful career.

The Columbia Guide to the Vietnam War

Author: David L. Anderson

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231507380

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 4700

More than a quarter of a century after the last Marine Corps Huey left the American embassy in Saigon, the lessons and legacies of the most divisive war in twentieth-century American history are as hotly debated as ever. Why did successive administrations choose little-known Vietnam as the "test case" of American commitment in the fight against communism? Why were the "best and brightest" apparently blind to the illegitimacy of the state of South Vietnam? Would Kennedy have pulled out had he lived? And what lessons regarding American foreign policy emerged from the war? The Columbia Guide to the Vietnam War helps readers understand this tragic and complex conflict. The book contains both interpretive information and a wealth of facts in easy-to-find form. Part I provides a lucid narrative overview of contested issues and interpretations in Vietnam scholarship. Part II is a mini-encyclopedia with descriptions and analysis of individuals, events, groups, and military operations. Arranged alphabetically, this section enables readers to look up isolated facts and specialized terms. Part III is a chronology of key events. Part IV is an annotated guide to resources, including films, documentaries, CD-ROMs, and reliable Web sites. Part V contains excerpts from historical documents and statistical data.

The Pulitzer Prize Archive

General nonfiction awards 1962 - 1993 : from the election of John F. Kennedy to a retrospect of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg address / ed. with general and special introd. by Heinz-Dietrich Fischer in cooperation with Erika J. Fischer. Vol. 9 : Pt. C, Nonfiction literature

Author: Heinz-Dietrich Fischer

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783598301797

Category:

Page: 362

View: 4309


The Battle of Ap Bac

Author: Neil Sheehan

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101873647

Category: History

Page: 112

View: 5829

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.

Fear and Loathing in America

The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist

Author: Hunter S. Thompson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439126364

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 784

View: 2483

From the king of “Gonzo” journalism and bestselling author who brought you Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas comes another astonishing volume of letters by Hunter S. Thompson. Brazen, incisive, and outrageous as ever, this second volume of Thompson’s private correspondence is the highly anticipated follow-up to The Proud Highway. When that first book of letters appeared in 1997, Time pronounced it "deliriously entertaining"; Rolling Stone called it "brilliant beyond description"; and The New York Times celebrated its "wicked humor and bracing political conviction." Spanning the years between 1968 and 1976, these never-before-published letters show Thompson building his legend: running for sheriff in Aspen, Colorado; creating the seminal road book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; twisting political reporting to new heights for Rolling Stone; and making sense of it all in the landmark Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72. To read Thompson's dispatches from these years—addressed to the author's friends, enemies, editors, and creditors, and such notables as Jimmy Carter, Tom Wolfe, and Kurt Vonnegut—is to read a raw, revolutionary eyewitness account of one of the most exciting and pivotal eras in American history.

Elusive Victories

The American Presidency at War

Author: Andrew J. Polsky

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199942811

Category: Political Science

Page: 456

View: 6645

On April 4, 1864, Abraham Lincoln made a shocking admission about his presidency during the Civil War. "I claim not to have controlled events," he wrote in a letter, "but confess plainly that events have controlled me." Lincoln's words carry an invaluable lesson for wartime presidents, writes Andrew J. Polsky in this seminal book. As Polsky shows, when commanders-in-chief do try to control wartime events, more often than not they fail utterly. In Elusive Victories, Polsky provides a fascinating study of six wartime presidents, drawing larger lessons about the limits of the power of the White House during armed conflict. He examines, in turn, Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, showing how each gravely overestimated his power as commander-in-chief. In each case, these presidents' resources did not match the key challenges that recur from war to war. Both Lincoln and Johnson intervened in military operations, giving orders to specific units; yet both struggled with the rising unpopularity of their conflicts. Both Wilson and Bush entered hostilities with idealistic agendas for the aftermath, yet found themselves helpless to enact them. With insight and clarity, Polsky identifies overarching issues that will inform current and future policymakers. The single most important dynamic, he writes, is the erosion of a president's freedom of action. Each decision propels him down a path from which he cannot turn back. When George W. Bush rejected the idea of invading Iraq with 400,000 troops, he could not send such a force two years later as the insurgency spread. In the final chapter, Polsky examines Barack Obama's options in light of these conclusions, and considers how the experiences of the past might inform the world we face now. Elusive Victories is the first book to provide a comprehensive account of presidential leadership during wartime, highlighting the key dangers that presidents have ignored at their peril.

John McCain

An American Odyssey

Author: Robert Timberg

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 068486794X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 235

View: 5743

Focuses on the senator's Naval Academy education, his years as a POW during the Vietnam war, and his presidential bid