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Vietnam Labyrinth -- Allies, Enemies, & Why the U.S. Lost the War

Tran Ngoc Chau

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ISBN 10: 0896727718 / ISBN 13: 9780896727717
Published by Texas Tech University Press, Lubbock, Texas, 2012
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And the debate goes on. Tran Ngoc Chau fought with the Viet Minh against the French, changed sides, fought with valor and keen understanding of the war's issues and military tactics, and lived to tell the tale, which he does with lucidity and distinction, by all accounts. A valuable book on a difficult and tragic war. Seemingly a rarity in modern political and military affairs, Tran Ngoc Chau is a patriot, a keen analyst, and an astute observer of the vicissitudes of war. This is an UNREAD copy in AS NEW condition, number line starting with "1." With Ken Fermoyle, and a foreward by Daniel Ellsberg. Bookseller Inventory # 130511

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Title: Vietnam Labyrinth -- Allies, Enemies, & Why ...

Publisher: Texas Tech University Press, Lubbock, Texas

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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One of the few Vietnamese Army officers who also saw substantial service in Ho Chi Minh’s National Liberation Army against the French, Tran Ngoc Chau made a momentous and difficult decision after five years with the Viet Minh: he changed sides.
    Although his brother Tran Ngoc Hien remained loyal to the North, Chau’s Buddhist training and his disillusionment with aspects of the communists’ philosophies led him to throw his support to the nationalists and assist the Americans. It was a decision that would cost him dearly when former military school colleague Nguyen Van Thieu, fearing a political rivalry, imprisoned Chau by then a lieutenant colonel and the Secretary General of the National Assembly’s Lower House despite popular sentiment and the support of Americans like John Paul Vann and Daniel Ellsberg.
    At every turn Chau stood on principle, however, opposing government corruption, refusing favoritism, and remaining steadfast in his dedication to democracy. His principles would cost him again when, after the fall of Saigon, he was imprisoned in a North Vietnamese re-education camp and even after release kept under continuous surveillance.
    His detailed memoir reveals an astute understanding of the Vietnamese political situation and national culture that failed to register with U.S. leaders and offers valuable insights into how to cope with similar conflicts in the future.
            As Ellsberg has put it, Vietnam Labyrinth is unmatched, both for its narrative and for lessons to be learned for our current interventions.

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Tran Ngoc Chau escaped from Vietnam via Indonesia among the masses of boat people seeking refuge in the late 1970s, re-establishing himself and his family in the United States with the encouragement of American friends. During Ken Fermoyle's sixty-five-year career as a writer, editor, photojournalist and author, he has published thousands of articles in major publications and served as book and magazine editor. He and Tran Ngoc Chau launched a business venture together in 1987 and began work on Vietnam Labyrinth a year later. Daniel Ellsberg, who released the Penatgon Papers to the media in 1971, met Tran Van Chau while working in Vietnam in the 1960s as a U.S. Defence Department observer.

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