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September 20, 2009
Neil Sheehan
Author, "A Fiery Peace in a Cold War"
Neil Sheehan BIO:
· United Press International, 1961-1964
· New York Times, 1964-1975
· Pentagon Papers published, 1971

·"The Arnheiter Affair" 1972
· "A Bright Shining Lie" 1988
· "After the War was Over" 1992
· "A Fiery Peace in a Cold War" 2009

· Pulitzer Prize, "A Bright Shining Lie" 1989
· National Book Award, "A Bright Shining Lie" 1989

· Harvard, 1958

· Married to Susan Sheehan
· Two Children

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Info: This week on Q&A, our guest is Neil Sheehan, author of a new book "A Fiery Peace in a Cold War: Bernard Schriever and the Ultimate Weapon." The book tells the story of the nuclear arms race and the intercontinental Ballistic Missile through the eyes of Air Force General Bernard Schriever. In 1954, General Schriever was the head of a research team that led to putting satellites in space and the development of missiles like the ICBM. 21 years ago this month, Neil Sheehan sat for five 30-minute interviews about his previous book, "A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam." Those interviews subsequently were the inspiration for C-SPAN's 16 year series "Booknotes." In 1989, Neil Sheehan won the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction and the National Book Award for "A Bright Shining Lie." In addition to talking about the new book, this interview features video clips from the 1988 program to compare and contrast the two books and Mr. Sheehan's experiences in writing each of them.

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