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In the Jaws of History
In the Jaws of History
Author: Bui Diem, Diem Bui, David Chanoff
ISBN-13: 9780395426371
ISBN-10: 0395426375
Publication Date: 7/1987
Pages: 367
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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (T)
Book Type: Hardcover
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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.