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Portrait of the Enemy: The Other Side of the War in Vietnam, Told Through Interviews with North Vietnamese, former Vietcong and Southern Opposition Leaders.

David Chanoff, Doan Van Toai.

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ISBN 10: 0394536711 / ISBN 13: 9780394536712
Published by Random House, 1986
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GREAT BOOK! FIRST EDITION. MILD WEAR ON DUSTJACKET, LIGHTLY AGED PAGES, LIBRARY STAMPS BUT NO MARKING IN TEXT. "Description: Through three Asian wars within 30 years, Americans have lacked an understanding of the enemy. The recent flood of books on the Vietnam War has focused on the American side. In this important work the authors present totally absorbing vignettes of some 36 North Vietnamese, Vietcong, and Third Force adversaries through their own words. At the level of the individual rather than the regime, the enemy was not a faceless fanatic, but a human being with fears, doubts, and concerns that mingled with courage, faith, and dedication. In a sensitive afterword Chanoff speaks of the "ordinary heroism" of the Vietnamese. Highly recommended for use in college courses and for the informed public. Steven I. Levine, Sch. of International Service, American Univ., Washington, D.C. Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.". Bookseller Inventory # 15753

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Title: Portrait of the Enemy: The Other Side of the...

Publisher: Random House

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition, Ex-Library.

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Here is the story of the "other side" of the Vietnam War--of the Vietcong and North Vietnamese--which has been largely untold until now. In this remarkable piece of oral history, the story emerges of the ordinary people of both North and South Vietnam, of the Vietcong guerrilla fighters and terrorists, North Vietnamese soldiers and cadres, monks, opposition leaders, propaganda chiefs and village secretaries. Vietnam: A Portrait of its People at War provides an account of dedication and heroism at all levels and also of the brutality and trauma faced by a people in the grip of revolution and war.

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The American experience during the Vietnam conflict is universally known: the brutalisation of the US fighting men, the drug abuse, and the trauma. Even today the very word 'Vietnam' is too often interpreted as referring to this conflict (and specifically the American perception of it) rather than to the country and its people.

The view from the other side-- the Vietcong and North Vietnamese-- has been virtually ignored. In this remarkable piece of twentieth-century oral history-- now available in paperback for the first time-- the story emerges of the ordinary people of both North and South Vietnam, of the Vietcong guerrilla fighters and terrorists, North Vietnamese soldiers and cadres, monks, opposition leaders, propaganda chiefs and village secretaries. Constructed as a series of interviews, this book provides an account of dedication and heroism at all levels, and also of the brutality and trauma faced by a people in the grip of revolution and a terrifying war.

Those featured in the book describe aspects of the war: the murderous trek down the Ho Chi Minh trail, the self-immolation of Buddhist monks, the methods of Vietcong assassination teams and life under attack from American bombs and napalm. Taken as a whole, the accounts provide a rare insight into the thinking of the 'other side.'

David Chanoff is the author of many books and articles on international issues and is currently based at Brandeis University. Doan Van Toai was formerly a student political leader and then an editor in Saigon, and is now writing a history of the Vietnam War. Together Chanoff and Toai have collaborated on two earlier books.

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