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From the acclaimed scholar and reporter, a thorough and revealing account of the historic turning point in Vietnam's long struggle--the 1954 battle for Dien Bien Phu
Like Gettysburg, Stalingrad, Midway, and Tet, the battle at Dien Bien Phu--a strategic attack launched by France against the Vietnamese in 1954 after eight long years of war--marked a historic turning point. By the end of the 56-day siege, a determined Viet Minh guerrilla force had destroyed a large, tactical French colonial army in the heart of Southeast Asia. The Vietnamese victory would not only end French occupation of Indochina and offer a sobering premonition of the U.S.'s future military defeat in the region, but would also provide a new model of modern warfare on which size and sophistication didn't always dictate victory.
Before his death in Vietnam in 1967, Bernard Fall, a critically acclaimed scholar and reporter, drew upon declassified documents from the French Defense Ministry and interviews with thousands of surviving French and Vietnamese soldiers to weave a compelling account of the key battle of Dien Bien Phu. With maps highlighting the strategic points of conflict, with thirty-two pages of photos, and with Fall's thorough and insightful analysis, Hell in a Very Small Place has become one of the benchmarks in war reportage.
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Bernard B. Fall was forty years old when he was killed as a journalist on patrol with the U.S. Marines in South Vietnam. A noted scholar of Indo-Chinese history, Fall studied Vietnam in all of its phases, publishing seven books on the subject, including Street Without Joy. He also wrote for the New York Times, Washington Post, and New Republic.
"A thorough account of a brave, sanguinary battle that has since turned out to have immense historic importance."--New Yorker
"Achieves the closest possible synthesis of previous research and known documents with the personal, impartial, but profoundly human contribution of a good historian."--New York Times Book Review
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