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Strange Ground: Americans in Vietnam, 1945-1975, an Oral History

Maurer, Harry

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ISBN 10: 0805009191 / ISBN 13: 9780805009194
Published by Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1989
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x, 634 p. Maps. Glossary. Index. Traces American involvement in Vietnam from the last days of World War II, when Americans parachuted to fight with Ho Chi Minh against the Japanese, to the fall of Saigon three decades later. Very good in very good dust jacket. DJ has slight wear and soiling. First edition. Stated. First printing [stated]. Bookseller Inventory # 60483

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Title: Strange Ground: Americans in Vietnam, 1945-...

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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Shares the experiences of soldiers diplomats, clerks, missionaries, doctors, nurses, reporters, medics, and spies who spent time in Vietnam

From Publishers Weekly:

The 65 Americans who shared their vivid memories with Maurer ( Not Working ) include secretaries, PR men, agricultural advisers, missionaries, surgical assistants, relief workers, psychiatrists, CIA agents and anti-war activists who visited Hanoi. Combat vets are in the minority here. Very bluntly they relate their experiences in Vietnam, starting with an OSS man who offered official aid to Ho Chi Minh in 1945 (the sign at Ho's camp said "Welcome to Our American Friends") and ending with a guilt-ridden account by a State Department official involved in the 1975 evacuation. In between: a black Army sergeant who thoroughly enjoyed his combat tour; a clerk who found Vietnam a homosexual paradise; a psychiatrist assigned to treat men for whom Vietnam itself had become a phobia; a GI who regarded the country as a drug supermarket; a secretary who says of her sojourn in Vietnam, "I had fun there. I loved it . . . . " But the book is not an upbeat view of the war. On the contrary, it may be the most gut-wrenching, heartrending account to date.
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