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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Bright Shining Lie revisits the scene of his magisterial account of the war in Vietnam and reveals the country that is just beginning to emerge from the war's ashes. "Enlightening . . . mesmerizing . . . luminously clear."--The New York Times.
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A view of Vietnam since America's involvement, by the author of perhaps the best book on the war, A Bright Shining Lie (1988). Here, Sheehan covers his visit to Vietnam in 1989 with his wife, Susan--who, with him, coauthored some of this material for a series of New Yorker articles and whom Sheehan credits here for her insight and her editing skills. Sheehan sees a Vietnam suffering not from the American war but from a prolonging of the agony by the rigid regime of Le Duan, with its prosecution of new wars and its Stalinist economics. In 1986, as General Giap relates in a longish and candid interview, came doi moi, or ``the new way.'' Out went the collective farms and heavy industrial projects; in came a free market. Within a year, Vietnam was exporting rice, and the currency had stabilized. Still, it's a desperately poor country, the North in particular, as Sheehan's tour of hospitals demonstrates: They are underequipped and cannot afford to stock antibiotics or basic vaccines. In Saigon, Sheehan is overcome with memories and seeks out his and Susan's old haunts, as well as those of John Vann, subject of much of A Bright Shining Lie. Like the North, the South is a society run by party faithful--and the privileges of rank have hearkened to them, leaving out a great many of the ``mutilated.'' Even so, the armies of homeless have been eliminated, and no one is starving. In Saigon, Western influence is strongest, ready for the moment when the American embargo drops and Vietnam becomes the economic powerhouse everyone is anticipating. Already the BMWs proliferate. Short but closely observed; essential for your Vietnam shelf. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Library Journal:
Researching and writing the remarkable--and best-selling-- A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam ( LJ 9/15/88) took Sheehan 16 difficult years. Upon completion, he at last felt able to go back, in the summer of 1989, to the country he had last seen as a reporter covering the war. He describes conditions in north and south Vietnam, meets old friends, and interviews survivors from both sides. He relates his story, and theirs, within the context of the nation's history, the wartime and postwar experiences of its people, and his own life. Filled with insightful and informed observations, this brief book offers help toward understanding the past and breaking down the emotional and cultural barriers of the present. Sure to be popular in both public and academic libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/92.
- Kenneth W. Berger, Duke Univ. Lib., Durham, N.C.
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