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By Michael H. Hunt

A vital new source for college kids and academics of the Vietnam conflict, this concise choice of fundamental resources opens a priceless window on a very advanced clash. The fabrics accrued right here, from either the yankee and Vietnamese aspects, remind readers that the clash touched the lives of many of us in a variety of social and political occasions and spanned much extra time than the last decade of direct U.S. strive against. certainly, the U.S. warfare used to be yet one part in a string of conflicts that diverse considerably in personality and geography. Michael Hunt brings jointly the perspectives of the conflict's disparate players--from Communist leaders, Vietnamese peasants, Saigon loyalists, and North Vietnamese squaddies to U.S. policymakers, infantrymen, and critics of the struggle. by means of permitting the members to talk, this quantity encourages readers to formulate their very own traditionally grounded knowing of a nonetheless debatable fight.

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This novel in verse, which tells of the triumph of a young couple over wicked people, affirms both Confu­ cian ideas of virtue and the Buddhist faith in the ultimate victory of good over evil.  .  .  . I wept and the neighbors also wept.  . .  . On one occasion, the landlord in the village came to my house and demanded paddy [unmilled rice] in a threatening manner. My parents had to hastily prepare food and wine to regale him. We were out of chickens then, so they had to catch the hen about to lay eggs which I had been raising, and slaughter it for him to eat.

If we let them prepare for this war, oppose the Chinese revolution and attack the Soviet Union, if we allow them to stifle the Vietnamese revolution, this is tantamount to letting them wipe our race off the surface of the earth and drown our nation in the Pacific. However, the French imperialists’ barbarous oppression and ruthless exploitation have awakened our compatriots, who have all realized that revolution is the only road to survival and that without it they will die a slow death. This is why the revolutionary movement has grown stronger with each passing day: the workers refuse to work, the peasants demand land, the students go on strike, the traders stop doing business.

It wasn’t until after I had begun secondary school that I began to realize that I was — ​in some ways at least — ​different. The scene of my initiation into the mysteries of colonialism was the lycée schoolyard during recess.  .  . [In 1946 Tang moved to Paris to pursue pharmaceutical studies. ] I was immediately struck by Ho Chi Minh’s appearance. Unlike the others, who were dressed in ­Western-style clothes, Ho wore a frayed, high-collared Chinese jacket.  . [H]e gave off an air of fragility, almost sickliness.

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