A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vahn and America in Vietnam is a book by Neil Sheehan, a reporter and friend of Lieutenant Colonel John Paul Vann, who criticized the United States' strategies in the Vietnam war. Vann criticized the U.S. military commanders, their support of a corrupt Saigon regime, and their ineffective attempts to defeat their enemies. After being transfered back to America after confrontations with the command, Vann returned to Vietnam and compromised with the military, failing to secure victory.
The Shining is the story of the Torrance family and their winter in the Overlook Hotel. The Overlook, an isolated inn in the mountains, is father Jack's chance for a new career in the wake of several unexplained incidents involving alcoholism and anger issues. His wife, Wendy, and his son Danny accompany him. Jack, though, finds himself matched against the malignant spirit of the hotel itself and is soon driven to hunt his family in a fit of murderous rage.