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Neil Sheehan, reporter who obtained Pentagon Papers and chronicled 'Bright Shining Lie' of Vietnam, dies at 84

Neil Sheehan, reporter who obtained Pentagon Papers and chronicled 'Bright Shining Lie' of Vietnam, dies at 84
Neil Sheehan, a tireless chronicler of the Vietnam War who obtained the Pentagon Papers for the New York Times and later received the Pulitzer Prize for his book "A Bright Shining Lie," a meticulously researched indictment of America's role in that conflict, died Jan. 7 at his home in Washington. He was 84.

Neil Sheehan, reporter who obtained Pentagon Papers and chronicled 'Bright Shining Lie' of Vietnam, dies at 84 Neil Sheehan, a tireless chronicler of the Vietnam War who obtained the Pentagon Papers for the New York Times and later received the Pulitzer Prize for his book "A Bright Shining Lie," a meticulously researched indictment of America's role in that conflict, died Jan.Reporting from Saigon in the early 1960s, he became known as one of the "fearless threesome" of Vietnam War correspondents."I believe that in publishing this history of the Vietnam War, we gave to the American people .When Vann died in a helicopter crash in 1972, his funeral at Arlington National Cemetery featured a striking constellation of Vietnam War advocates and opponents: Ellsberg, Gen.

" Inspired by the literary style of Truman Capote's "nonfiction novel," "In Cold Blood," Sheehan delved into the man who deemed himself "one of the bright shining lies" of the Vietnam War, a phrase that for Sheehan seemed to embody America's delusional involvement in Southeast Asia."If there is one book that captures the Vietnam War in the sheer Homeric scale of its passion and folly, this book is it.

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