A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam - Book 7, "John Vann Stays" Summary & Analysis

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Book 7, "John Vann Stays" Summary

A year after Vann arrived in Vietnam for the second time, he was offered a job at the Pentagon with the Office of Systems Analysis under McNamara. Vann used this offer to be promoted to director of the whole civilian pacification effort for the III Corps region. During this time, Vann also became good friends with Daniel Ellsberg, who was in Vietnam as part of Lansdale's team. The two men fed a need in each other and came to depend on one another.

Ellsberg and Vann also shared an interest in extra-marital affairs. Ellsberg was divorced at the time. Vann continued his liaisons in Vietnam, at one time carrying on an affair with two women. One was a twenty-one-year-old schoolteacher named Lee. She was quite beautiful and spoke perfect English. This affair became very serious...

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