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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 a ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published August 20th 2007 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published January 1st 1971)
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Short, fascinating biography of Ho Chi Minh written in 1971. It's especially interesting to read how Ho drew upon the American and French conceptions of liberty to announce the independence of Vietnam. This is probably new and very important information for the generation that came of age after the American War drew to a close in 1975.
Dan Fallon
Good for the time it was written (1972). Much has been disclosed and made available since then.
Sean Michael
Halberstam writes with enthusiasm, energy, and has insight, but he lacks details and hard analysis. Also the work is laudatory to the point of annoyance, including the author's closing positive sentiments about the Baby Boomer generation. Wonder how he feels after they elected Reagan and Bush Jr? If you you want to know what made Ho attractive to people this is a good book, but there has to be a better book about him out there.
Although not badly written I did find the short book, only 118 pages, to seem longer. I come away from the book gladly knowing more than I did before and communism was the least of Ho Chi Minh’s agenda, if at all.
Geo Forman
a short bio written by a good author. very informative and a good, quick read. I had little to no knowledge of Ho Chi Minh. Certainly recommended for anyone interested in Vietnam
A very good sweet and short historical overview of one of the 20th century's awesome political leaders.
Travis Zuber
Interesting but short biography of one of the most successful freedom fighters in history.
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David Halberstam (April 10, 1934–April 23, 2007) was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author known for his early work on the Vietnam War and his later sports journalism.

Halberstam graduated from Harvard University with a degree in journalism in 1955 and started his career writing for the Daily Times Leader in West Point, Mississippi. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, writing for
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