Professionally outspoken and totally fearless, Lt. Colonel John Paul Vann went to Vietnam in 1962, full of confidence in America’s right and might to prevail.  He was soon disillusioned by the South Vietnamese troops’ unwillingness to fight, by their random slaughter of civilians and the arrogance and corruption of the U.S. military.  He leaked his sharply pessimistic and accurate assessment to the U.S. press corp in Saigon. Neil Sheehan was one of that number and he became fascinated by the angry Vann, befriended him and followed his reckless and tragic career.  This book was 16 years in the making.