In the Jaws of History

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"... the ultimate insider's account of the war from the South Vietnamese side, including the appalling story of how the American intervention actually happened." —Washington Post

"This book gives Americans a rare opportunity—the chance to see the Vietnam experience through Vietnamese eyes. Few Vietnamese know their recent history as well as Bui Diem does. And none has told it better." —Ambassador William Jorden

"... well-written and at times illuminating... " —Library Journal

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Overview

"... the ultimate insider's account of the war from the South Vietnamese side, including the appalling story of how the American intervention actually happened." —Washington Post

"This book gives Americans a rare opportunity—the chance to see the Vietnam experience through Vietnamese eyes. Few Vietnamese know their recent history as well as Bui Diem does. And none has told it better." —Ambassador William Jorden

"... well-written and at times illuminating... " —Library Journal

In the Jaws of History is the most important book written on the Vietnam War from the viewpoint of the South, from an author who was a senior official of the South Vietnamese government and later ambassador to the U.S.

Indiana University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Active in the Vietnamese nationalist movement, the nephew of Emperor Bao Dai's short-termed prime minister Tran Trong Kim, founder of the Saigon Post , and ultimately South Vietnam's ambassador to the United States, Bui Diem was both a participant in and observer of the post-World War II struggles of Vietnam. Though well written and at times illuminating, his perspective is seldom self-critical and often reveals how detached he was from the decision-making process. This may not be the most satisfying historical expose but it does serve to illustrate his central point: that when the Americans sent in troops they took over the war,exhibiting a blatant disregard of South Vietnamese interests (culminating in the forced acceptance of the Paris Accords). A useful addition to Vietnam collections. Kenneth W. Berg er, Duke Univ. Lib., Durham, N.C.
Library Journal
LJ's reviewer found this firsthand account of Vietnam's post-World War II struggles "well-written and at times illuminating" but also assessed Diem, the country's ambassador to the United States, as "seldom self-critical" and "detached." The author, however, clearly makes his case that when the United States became involved, our troops essentially took over the war with a "blatant disregard of South Vietnamese interests." LJ 9/1/87 Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
The Washington Times
...[I]mportant...gives [Americans] a candid look at ourselves as the Vietnamese saw us.
San Francisco Examiner
Diem has written the most extraordinary tour d'horizon of the Vietnam War I have ever read, a document all the more remakable for its absence of bitterness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253213013
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Series: Vietnam War Era Classics Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Bui Diem is now a consultant on Vietnamese affairs living in Rockville, Maryland.

David Chanoff is the co-author of several other books on Vietnam.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 The Jaws of History 1
2 Early Years 11
3 Secret Societies 16
4 The Dai Viet 23
5 The August Revolution 29
6 British, Chinese, and French 37
7 The Terror 45
8 In Hiding 51
9 The Bao Dai Solution 62
10 Alpine Interlude 71
11 The French Dig In 77
12 The Emperor's Choice 82
13 Diem and the Opposition 90
14 The Coup 99
15 Beyond the Coup 106
16 The Government of General Khanh 116
17 The Americans Intervene 124
18 Dr. Quat and the Generals 144
19 Toward a Constitution 153
20 Second Step 165
21 Ambassador to Washington 175
22 A Democratic Constitution 184
23 Behind the Scenes 193
24 The 1967 Elections 201
25 A Change in Mood 209
26 Tet Mau Than 216
27 The Talks Begin 226
28 The Anna Chennault Affair 235
29 New President, New Policy 247
30 Buying Time 259
31 Losing Time 270
32 The One-Man Election 284
33 Two Showdowns 297
34 The Paris Agreement 309
35 Last Things 321
Epilogue 334
Index 347
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