Saigon: An Epic Novel of Vietnam [NOOK Book]

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An epic saga of twentieth-century Vietnam hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “the War and Peace of our age”
Joseph Sherman first visits Saigon, the capital of French colonial Cochin-China, in 1925 on a hunting expedition with his father, a US senator. He is lured back again and again as a traveler, a soldier, and then as a reporter by his fascination for the exotic land and for Lan, a mandarin’s daughter he cannot ...
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Saigon: An Epic Novel of Vietnam

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Overview

An epic saga of twentieth-century Vietnam hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “the War and Peace of our age”
Joseph Sherman first visits Saigon, the capital of French colonial Cochin-China, in 1925 on a hunting expedition with his father, a US senator. He is lured back again and again as a traveler, a soldier, and then as a reporter by his fascination for the exotic land and for Lan, a mandarin’s daughter he cannot forget.
Over five decades Joseph’s life becomes enmeshed with the political intrigues of two of Saigon’s most influential families, the French colonist Devrauxs, and the native Trans—and inevitably with Vietnam’s turbulent, wartorn fate. He is there when the hatred of a million coolies rises against the French, and when the French Foreign Legion fights its bloody last stand at Dien Bien Phu. He sees US military “advisors” fire their first shots in America’s hopeless war against the red tide of Communist revolution and tries to salvage something of lasting value on a desperate helicopter flight out of defeated Saigon.
At once a story of adventure, love, war, and political power, Saigon presents an enthralling and enlightening depiction of twentieth-century Vietnam.        
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480451636
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 788
  • Sales rank: 5,624
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Anthony Grey became a foreign correspondent with Reuters after beginning his career in journalism in Norfolk, England, where he was born and educated. He reported on the Cold War from East Berlin, Prague, Warsaw, Budapest, Sofia, and Bucharest for two years before being assigned to China to cover the Cultural Revolution. There, his imprisonment by Red Guards in a house beside the historic Forbidden City of China’s emperors attracted worldwide headlines for over two years. After his release, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to journalism, and was named UK Journalist of the Year. He has gone on to become a radio and television broadcaster, bestselling historical novelist, independent publisher, and frequent public speaker. 
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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    highly recommended

    A sweeping novel spanning decades with a beautiful story intertwined throughout. The main Character Joseph, is caught up in the beauty and abuse of this country and a tale of the French imprisoning the Vietnamese people, beating them and treating them like animals. He falls in love and tries his best to help these people. Many factions form. Read it. It will be remembered for a long time to come.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    really really good

    Not only a great story but an eye opener - plan on reading his Peking

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    Extremely interesting all the way through

    I could not get enough of this book, it was informative as far as the history side of it, also a very very good story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    This is one the best written novels I've read in a long time. T

    This is one the best written novels I've read in a long time. The characters are fully developed, the visual imagery is breathtaking, the plot is filled with real-life human drama and tragedy and framed within an accurate historical context. The story paints an empathetic picture of the last century of Vietnamese history through the eyes of several generations of diverse families including American, French, English, and Vietnamese. I don't write many reviews, good or bad, but every time I close this book I am amazed at the skill of the author, the depth of the story, and the raw human condition that is peeled back over these ~1000 pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Read for the history

    Epic is right, this novel spans 50 years. As a Vietnam vet, I primarily read it for the Vietnamese history and I enjoyed that aspect of the book. But be forewarned, the author drags the Sherman family, and everyone they come in contact with, through an unimaginable amount of heartache and eventual death. Doesn't matter if they are relatives, friends or foes, they nearly all meet the same fate.

    Midway through the book, I was close to abandoning it, but I am glad I stuck it out to the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    A work of art

    This historic novel brings Vietnam to life. Written as a page-turner, it will keep you up at night.

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