Vietnam: A Portrait of its People at War

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Overview

Here is the story of the "other side" of the Vietnam War—of the Vietcong and North Vietnamese—which has been largely untold until now. In this remarkable piece of oral history, the story emerges of the ordinary people of both North and South Vietnam, of the Vietcong guerrilla fighters and terrorists, North Vietnamese soldiers and cadres, monks, opposition leaders, propaganda chiefs and village secretaries. Vietnam: A Portrait of its People at War provides an account of dedication and heroism at all levels and also of the brutality and trauma faced by a people in the grip of revolution and war.

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"More than two decades after it was first published, Vietnam: A Portrait of Its People at War stands out as one of the most penetrating and valuable studies of the conflict that consumed the United States during the 1960s and 1970s. David Chanoff and Doan Van Toai capture the extraordinary variety of Vietnamese motives and experiences by letting Vietnamese soldiers, officials, and peasants speak for themselves. The overall effect is to bring the "other side" to life with unrivalled richness and complexity. This book remains essential reading for anyone hoping to understand the Vietnam War." Mark Lawrence, University of Texas at Austin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845118532
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/17/2009
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,450,480
  • Product dimensions: 5.01 (w) x 7.36 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

David Chanoff has written the New York Times Magazine,Washington Post and The New Republic and is author of several books, including a collaboration with Ariel Sharon on his autobiography.

Doan Van Toai was a student political leader and anti-war activist in Vietnam, for which he was imprisoned on several occasions. He went into exile in Paris in 1978. He is author of many books including The Vietnamese Gulag.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

• Foreword by Edward Millar

• Introduction

• Part One: Choice

• Part Two: Struggle

• Part Three: Resolution

• Afterword by David Chanoff

• Important dates and events

• A Note on sources

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