132 pages, 8.91 × 5.78 × 0.54 in
August 20, 2007
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0742559920
ISBN - 13: 9780742559929
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Colonial Legacy of the French
Chapter 2: Peasant, Dishwasher, Socialist, Communist 1890-1917
Chapter 3: From Belief to Profession: Ho's Path to Communism 1917-1940
Chapter 4: Creating a Nationalist Movement 1941-1945
Chapter 5: Path to Dienbienphu: The Tiger Defeats the Elephant 1945-1954
Chapter 6: The Americans Arrive: The Second Indochina War 1955-1969
From the Publisher
One of the most influential leaders of the twentieth century, Ho Chi Minh was founder of the Indochina Communist Party and its successor, the Viet-Minh, and was president from 1945 to 1969 of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam).
In exploring the life and career of Ho Chi Minh, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Halberstam provides a window into traditions and culture that influenced the American war in Vietnam, while highlighting the importance of nationalism in determining the war's outcome. As depicted by Halberstam, Ho is first and foremost a nationalist and a patriot. He was also, according to the author, a pragmatist "who was able to turn the abstract into the practical and to embody the concept of revolution to his own people." This edition includes a new preface by the author.
About the Author
David Halberstam (1934-2007) was the author of 20 books, the last 14 of which have been national best-sellers. His most recent book, The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, is about the Chinese entry into the Korean War. He was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting in Vietnam and was a member of the elective Society of American Historians.
A fine and vividly-drawn sketch of Ho Chi Minh's life-long struggle for Vietnamese independence through political mobilization, diplomacy, and warfare. Anyone who wonders why the French and the American armed forces with their overwhelming military superiority could not defeat the Vietnamese resistance should read this book.