Much has happened to our understanding of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam's Communist Party, and the war in the thirty-six years that elapsed between the first publication and this new edition. This is an interesting read to catch the flavor of the 1960s.
A fine and vividly-drawn sketch of Ho Chi Minh's life-long struggle for Vietnamese independence through political mobilization, diplomacy, and warfare. Anyone who wonders why the French and the American armed forces with their overwhelming military superiority could not defeat the Vietnamese resistance should read this book.
David Halberstam (1934–2007) was the author of 20 books, the last 14 of which have been national best-sellers. His most recent book, The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, is about the Chinese entry into the Korean War. He was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting in Vietnam and was a member of the elective Society of American Historians.
The Colonial Legacy of the French 3
Peasant, Dishwasher, Socialist, Communist 1890-1917 12
From Belief to Profession: Ho's Path to Communism 1917-1940 36
Creating a Nationalist Movement 1941-1945 62
Path to Dienbienphu: The Tiger Defeats the Elephant 1945-1954 79
The Americans Arrive: The Second Indochina War 1955-1969 105
About the Author 120