A Vietcong Memoir

A Vietcong Memoir

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by Troung Nhu Tang, Doan Van Toai, David Chanoff
     
 

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When he was a student in Paris, Truong Nhu Tang met Ho Chi Minh. Later he fought in the Vietnamese jungle and emerged as one of the major figures in the "fight for liberation" — and one of the most determined adversaries of the United States. He became the Vietcong's Minister of Justice, but at the end of the war he fled the country in

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When he was a student in Paris, Truong Nhu Tang met Ho Chi Minh. Later he fought in the Vietnamese jungle and emerged as one of the major figures in the "fight for liberation" — and one of the most determined adversaries of the United States. He became the Vietcong's Minister of Justice, but at the end of the war he fled the country in disillusionment and despair. He now lives in exile in Paris, the highest level official to have defected from Vietnam to the West. This is his candid, revealing and unforgettable autobiography.

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"Beautifully written." — William Shawcross, front page, Washington Post Book World

"By showing the nature and hidden strength of our opponents, this account goes a long way toward explaining why America failed in Vietnam despite its greatly superior military power. But A Vietcong Memoir is more than just an exposition of the revolutionaries' side of the war. It is also an absorbing and moving autobiography...An important addition not only to the literature of Vietnam but to the larger human story of hope, violence and disillusion in the political life of our era."

— Arnold R. Isaacs, Chicago Tribune

"Literate, mercifully free of the stridencies and banalities that characterize the Communists' agitprop prose. The prose gives off an aura of authenticity and reasonableness."

— Robert Manning, The New York Times Book Review

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Tang, a founding member of the Vietcong who now lives in exile in Paris, charges that a national democratic revolution in South Vietnam was made impossible both by North Vietnamese Communist Party ideologues and the U.S. militarization of the conflict at the expense of a political settlement. PW called this political memoir a ``thoughtful and tragic account of the Vietnam War.'' (April)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394743097
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1986
Edition description:
1st Vintage Books ed
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
441,579
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.73(d)

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