In the Jaws of History

In the Jaws of History

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... the ultimate insider's account of the war from the South Vietnamese side, including the appalling story of how the American intervention actually happened." -Washington PostThis book gives Americans a rare opportunity-the chance to see the Vietnam experience through Vietnamese eyes. Few Vietnamese know their recent history as well as Bui Diem does. And none has told it better." -Ambassador William Jorden... well-written and at times illuminating... " -Library JournalIn the Jaws of History is the most important book written on the Vietnam War from the viewpoint of the South, from an author who was a senior official of the South Vietnamese government and later ambassador to the U.S.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 30mm | 580.6g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 28 plates
  • 0253213010
  • 9780253213013
  • 1,144,721

About Bui Diem

Bui Diem is now a consultant on Vietnamese affairs living in Rockville, Maryland.David Chanoff is the co-author of several other books on Vietnam.
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Table of contents

In the Jaws of HistoryEarly YearsSecret SocietiesThe Dia VietThe August RevolutionBritish, Chinese, and FrenchThe TerrorIn HidingThe Bao Dai SolutionAlpine InterludeThe French Dig InThe Emperor's ChoiceDiem and the OppositionThe CoupBeyond the CoupThe Government of General KhanhThe Americans InterveneDr. Quat and the GeneralsToward a ConstitutionSecond StepAmbassador to WashingtonA Democratic ConstitutionBehind the ScenesThe 1967 ElectionsA Change in MoodTet Mau ThanThe Talks BeginThe Anna Chennault AffairNew President, New PolicyBuying TimeLosing TimeThe One-Man ElectionTwo ShowdownsThe Paris AgreementLast ThingsEpilogueIndex
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" ... important ... gives [Americans] a candid look at ourselves as the Vietnamese saw us." - The Washington Times "Diem has written the most extraordinary tour d'horizon of the Vietnam War I have ever read, a document all the more remarkable for its absence of bitterness." - San Francisco Examiner
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