This compelling book was ten years in the writing. It is the most articulate, the most comprehensive and the most convincing answer to the question "What happened in Vietnam?" seen through the eyes of America's own flesh and bone and uncrowned conqueror king Jean Paul Vann who set out to win the unwinnable war and might well have done so had he been given the ultimate authority to do so. In the first lines Neil Sheehan relates Vann's burial at Arlington and what a gathering of America's mightiest were there which says all that needs to be said about this magnificent patriot and warrier.
The definitive book on America in Vietnam, in my opinion. Though it is a long book, read it from cover to cover, and you will understand the depth of America's problems in Indochina. The unwinnable war. The failure to understand history. The unwillingness to listen to reason.
And the book is worth reading again, especially now, when America and her allies find themselves deep in the quagmire of another war with an invisible enemy. The parallels in rhetoric alone left me speechless. As for the futility and loss ... tragic. This book is a grand work.