- Neil Sheehan
Cornelius Mahoney "Neil" Sheehan (born October 27, 1936) is an American journalist. As a reporter for The New York Times in 1971, Sheehan obtained the classified Pentagon Papers from Daniel Ellsberg. His series in the Times revealed a secret U.S. Department of Defense history of the Vietnam War and resulted in government attempts to halt publication. The resulting case, New York Times Co. v. United States (403 U.S. 713), saw the Supreme Court reject the government's position, and became a landmark First Amendment decision. This exposé would earn The New York Times a Pulitzer Prize.
Life and career
Born on a farm in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Sheehan graduated from Mount Hermon School (later Northfield Mount Hermon) and Harvard University with a B.A. in 1958, served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962. In 1962 he began working at the United Press International's Tokyo bureau, and spent the next two years covering the war in Vietnam as UPI's bureau chief. In 1963, during the Buddhist crisis, he and David Halberstam debunked the claim by the regime of Ngo Dinh Diem that the Army of the Republic of Vietnam regular forces had perpetrated the Xa Loi Pagoda raids, which the American authorities initially believed, and that instead the Special Forces loyal to Diem's brother Ngo Dinh Nhu had done so to frame the army generals.
In 1964 he joined The New York Times. He worked the city desk before returning to the Far East to report from Indonesia and then to spend another year in Vietnam. In the fall of 1966 he became the newspaper's Pentagon correspondent and in 1968 began reporting on the White House. He was a correspondent on political, diplomatic and military affairs. In 1971 he obtained the Pentagon Papers for the Times.
In the New York Times Book Review, December 27, 1970, he claimed that Conversations With Americans by Mark Lane was a collection of Vietnam war crime stories with some obvious flaws which the author had not verified. Sheehan called for a more thorough and scholarly work to be done on the war crimes being committed in Vietnam.
He was awarded a nonfiction Pulitzer Prize in 1989 and a National Book Award for A Bright Shining Lie about the life of Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Vann and the United States involvement during the Vietnam War. (The book was published by Random House and edited by Robert Loomis.)
As of 2009, Sheehan lived in Washington D.C.
- The Pentagon Papers as published by the New York Times, 1971
- The Arnheiter Affair, 1972
- A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam. 861 pp. New York: Random House. 1988
- After the War Was Over, 1992
- A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon, 2009
- ^ Review of Conversations With Americans, The New York Times Book Review, December 27, 1970 by Neil Sheehan
- ^ Smith, Dinitia (2007-01-23). "A career in letters, 50 years and counting". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/23/books/23loom.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=slogin. Retrieved 2007-11-14.
- Conversation with Neil Sheehan
- Neil Sheehan Papers at the Library of Congress
- Neil Sheehan at the Internet Movie Database
- American Writers C-SPAN 2002 RTSP videos.
- Critical review of Sheehan and other Vietnam War historians and journalists
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Military figures Journalists Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction (1976–2000)
- Why Survive? Being Old in America by Robert Neil Butler (1976)
- Beautiful Swimmers by William W. Warner (1977)
- The Dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan (1978)
- On Human Nature by Edward O. Wilson (1979)
- Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter (1980)
- Fin-de-siècle Vienna by Carl E. Schorske (1981)
- The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder (1982)
- Is There No Place on Earth for Me? by Susan Sheehan (1983)
- The Social Transformation of American Medicine by Paul Starr (1984)
- The Good War by Studs Terkel (1985)
- Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families by J. Anthony Lukas/Move Your Shadow by Joseph Lelyveld (1986)
- Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land by David K. Shipler (1987)
- The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes (1988)
- A Bright Shining Lie by Neil Sheehan (1989)
- And Their Children After Them by Dale Maharidge and Michael Williamson (1990)
- The Ants by Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson (1991)
- The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power by Daniel Yergin (1992)
- Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America by Garry Wills (1993)
- Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire by David Remnick (1994)
- The Beak of the Finch: A Story Of Evolution In Our Time by Jonathan Weiner (1995)
- The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism by Tina Rosenberg (1996)
- Ashes to Ashes: America's Hundred-Year Cigarette War, the Public Health, and the Unabashed Triumph of Philip Morris by Richard Kluger (1997)
- Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond (1998)
- Annals of the Former World by John McPhee (1999)
- Embracing Defeat by John W. Dower (2000)
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