Truong Nhu Tang has a different, and in many ways darker, perspective. This was a man who grew up under the French, met and was charmed by Ho Chi Minh, joined the struggle for independence and survived long enough to become Minister of Justice in the provisional government of South Vietnam, where he insisted on a new legal code.
An Inside Account of the Vietnam War and its Aftermathprovides illuminating details heretofore unavailable to most Western readers.
Ho, of course, was the Vietnamese nationalist leader who had hoped to negotiate with the French An Inside Account of the Vietnam War and its Aftermath provides illuminating details heretofore unavailable to most Western readers. Ho, of course, was the Vietnamese nationalist leader who had hoped to negotiate with the French for his country's independence following Vietnam's liberation from the Japanese.
The story that follows details the author's rise within the nationalist movement he would be appointed minister of Justice in the Provisional Revolutionary Government in and continue to serve in that capacity until his defectionthe Marxist influences that would subvert opportunities for a peaceful resolution of his country's division into north and south, and the devastation wrought by the U.
Truong would flee the nation he helped to forge as a founder of National Liberation Front, a moniker often associated with the Viet Cong guerrillas who terrorized the south and against whom many American battles were fought.
A Vietnam Memoir is invaluable because it provides a perspective alien to most American readers. Vietnam War literature is abundant, but overwhelmingly -- and understandably -- reflective of the American perspective.
Truong had the proverbial front-row seat to the political intrigues occurring among the North Vietnamese leadership over such issues as relations with the Soviet Union, its main patron, and with the Chinese, who share a border and an ideology with the Vietnamese revolutionaries but with whom the two countries have had a rocky relationship.
Following his defection, an act that involved immersing himself, while concealing his identity, among the throngs of Vietnamese also escaping the brutal dictatorship Ho and his comrades were systematically installing across the country, Truong began to speak out against the regime he had helped to found.
His memoir is the comprehensive account of his life from childhood through the execution of his dangerous decision to flee Vietnam.Book Review: A Vietcong Memoir by cipactli of United Struggle from Within September permalink. A Vietcong Memoir: An inside account of the Vietnam war and its aftermath by Truong Nhu Tang Vintage Books, pgs.
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Nick said: The tragedy of Viet Nam is on this side of the Pacific the story of American soldiers and Vi 4/5. Offers a first-hand account of Viet Cong activity in South Vietnam, the torments of the war, and the country's unification.3/5(3).
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[Như Tảng Trương; David Chanoff; Van Toai Doan] -- Contains primary source material. About A Vietcong Memoir “An absorbing and moving autobiography An important addition not only to the literature of Vietnam but to the larger human story of hope, violence and disillusion in the political life of our era.”—Chicago Tribune When he was a student in Paris, Truong Nhu Tang met Ho Chi Minh.
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