Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam

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This landmark work, based on Frances FitzGerald's own research and travels in Southeast Asia in the era of the Vietnam War, takes us inside Vietnam -- into the traditional, ancestor-worshiping villages and the corrupt, crowded cities, into the conflicts between Communists and anti-Communists, Catholics and Buddhists, generals and monks -- and reveals the country as if through Vietnamese eyes. With a clarity and authority unrivaled by any book before it or since, Fire in the Lake shows how America utterly and ...
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This landmark work, based on Frances FitzGerald's own research and travels in Southeast Asia in the era of the Vietnam War, takes us inside Vietnam -- into the traditional, ancestor-worshiping villages and the corrupt, crowded cities, into the conflicts between Communists and anti-Communists, Catholics and Buddhists, generals and monks -- and reveals the country as if through Vietnamese eyes. With a clarity and authority unrivaled by any book before it or since, Fire in the Lake shows how America utterly and tragically misinterpreted the realities of Vietnam.

This is the prize winning work of the tragic collision between two cultures - the Vietnamese and the American.

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Library Journal
Fitzgerald's Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning study of the Vietnam War remains essential reading 30 years after its initial publication. Fitzgerald's analysis differs from combat histories in that it presents the Vietnamese and Americans from a sociological point of view. This edition contains a new afterword in which Fitzgerald updates the story three decades after the American withdrawal. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Charles McGrath
This is the richest kind of contemporary history; it places political and military events in cultural perspective....She is superb at clarifying the differences between Vietnamese and American cultures....This is the best book on Vietnam so far. -- The New York Times Books of the Century
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  • ISBN-13: 9780679723943
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/17/1989
  • Pages: 635
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
I The Vietnamese
1 States of Mind
2 Nations and Empires
3 The Sovereign of Discord
4 The National Liberation Front
II The Americans and the Saigon Government
5 Mise en scene
6 Politicians and Generals
7 The United States Enters the War
8 The Buddhist Crisis
9 Prospero, Caliban, and Ariel
10 Bad Puppets
11 Elections
12 The Downward Spiral
13 Prospero
14 Guerrillas
15 The Tet Offensive
III Conclusion
16 Nixon's War
17 Fire in the Lake
Afterword
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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    Very good book.

    It brings back a lot of memories,and can understand better,since I was there,Jerry

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