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Shadows and Wind: A View of Modern Vietnam

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  87 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
In Shadows and Wind, Robert Templer paints a fascinating and fresh picture of a country usually viewed with hazy nostalgia or deep suspicion. Here is Hanoi, an increasingly tense and troubled city approaching its millennium but uncertain of its direction. Here are people emerging from a long wilderness of malnutrition, discovering a new lifestyle of leisure and luxury. And ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Penguin Books
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Patrick McCoy
Sep 26, 2011 Patrick McCoy rated it really liked it
While in Vietnam I picked up an interesting book about contemporary Vietnam called Shadows and Wind by Robert Templer. Anyway, after my first trip to Vietnam I read Stanley Karnow’s excellent history, Vietnam, which focuses on the causes of the war and the aftermath and I felt this might be a follow up of sorts, picking up where Karnow left off. It’s not as contemporary as I’d like-it was published in 1998, but the author has interesting insights to make about the myth of Vietnam, the culture, t ...more
Jim Corson
Jul 05, 2011 Jim Corson rated it it was ok
This book is about modern vietnam. There is lots of good information and if you are going there is great information. On the other hand it is often very tedious with ideas rather beatened to death. I skimmed much of the book.
Jul 02, 2012 mandm rated it really liked it
Shelves: completed-2012
Informative book, seems exhaustively researched by the author, and kind of exhausting to read. Definitely helps inform one's thoughts of the region. This book is clearly a labor of love by Mr. Templer.
Oct 12, 2011 Aquavelvaman rated it liked it
Can be a little tedious to read, but it delivers as promised a very complete and thorough view of modern Vietnam.
Sep 25, 2007 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Readable, thought provoking insights into a country that is impenetrable even to many of us who have lived there
May 01, 2013 Jbucher rated it liked it
I liked this book. Even though it is a bit out of date, I learned a lot from it.
Feb 01, 2011 Alice rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
An accessible summary of Vietnam's recent history, politics, sociology, and culture.
Aug 06, 2010 Ahmar rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people into Southeast Asia, Vietnam
If only I had picked this up 2 years ago...
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