Ho Chi Minh (suivi du Journal de Prison de Ho Chi Minh)

Ho Chi Minh suivi du Journal de Prison de Ho Chi Minh In exploring the life and career of Ho Chi Minh Pulitzer Prize winning author David Halberstam provides a window into traditions and culture that influenced the American war in Vietnam while highlig

  • Title: Ho Chi Minh (suivi du Journal de Prison de Ho Chi Minh)
  • Author: David Halberstam Hồ Chí Minh
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Paperback
  • In exploring the life and career of Ho Chi Minh, Pulitzer Prize winning author David Halberstam provides a window into traditions and culture that influenced the American war in Vietnam, while highlighting the importance of nationalism in determining the war s outcome.

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    1. Short, fascinating biography of Ho Chi Minh written in 1971. It's especially interesting to read how Ho drew upon the American and French conceptions of liberty to announce the independence of Vietnam. This is probably new and very important information for the generation that came of age after the American War drew to a close in 1975.

    2. Ho is the precis of much longer political biography. In 1971, Ho the man, the thinker, and revolutionary political leader had already disappeared behind decades of underground life on the run and deliberate communist myth making. Halberstam draws from the best available evidence to describe Ho Chi Minh's career. Ho was an ardent Vietnamese nationalist who, while living in Paris around World War I, found the Communist Party to be the only group speaking to the concerns of colonized people. When t [...]

    3. Halberstam's extended essay on Ho Chi Minh, and the Vietnam War generally, lacks the magisterial biographical impact of William Duiker's book, but delivers on sharp insights and analysis as to why the reputations of so many French and American politicians and generals were shipwrecked by the ambitions and determinations of Ho Chi Minh.Halberstam's book is certainly a bit dated - for example, he ascribes the Tet Offensive to General Giap, whereas further reporting since the 1970s has revealed tha [...]

    4. The late (damn it, gone too soon!!!) great David Halberstam published this in 1971 and nailed on the head the man and his fight to liberate Vietnam. Also pinpointed how it all went wrong for the French and the US. Winning the hearts and minds was the correct philosophy, but being oblivious to the social structure post the French surrender in Vietnam and how those neo-mandarin political appointments of those that fought on the French side or were complacent and did not nothing did not bode well t [...]

    5. Humanizes Ho and shows his humanity, humbleness, and his viscous nature tooA truly captivating insightful book, on the mentality and ignorance of the west and how they underestimated Ho and had no inclination of the foresight and genius he possessed.

    6. Halberstam writes with enthusiasm, energy, and has insight, but he lacks details and hard analysis. Also the work is laudatory to the point of annoyance, including the author's closing positive sentiments about the Baby Boomer generation. Wonder how he feels after they elected Reagan and Bush Jr? If you you want to know what made Ho attractive to people this is a good book, but there has to be a better book about him out there.

    7. Although not badly written I did find the short book, only 118 pages, to seem longer. I come away from the book gladly knowing more than I did before and communism was the least of Ho Chi Minh’s agenda, if at all.

    8. Ho almost disappears in the last third of the book. Probably the best a Western journalist could do in 1971; I'll have to read the Duiker bio.

    9. Very interesting biography. It's good to see this perspective. You can see the author glosses over the bad parts of Ho, though. But his view of the mess of Vietnam is worthwhile.

    10. a short bio written by a good author. very informative and a good, quick read. I had little to no knowledge of Ho Chi Minh. Certainly recommended for anyone interested in Vietnam

    11. Interesting to look beyond the Vietnam War era domestic reporting to learn more about this elusive leader, really a patriot for his country.

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