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Mémoires D'un Vietcong

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When he was a student in Paris, Truong Nhu Tang met Ho Chi Minh. Later he fought in the Vietnamese jungle and emerged as one of the major figures in the "fight for liberation" -- and one of the most determined adversaries of the United States. He became the Vietcong's Minister of Justice, but at the end of the war he fled the country in disillusionment and despair. He now ...more
Published January 22nd 2001 by Flammarion (first published April 1985)
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Michael Burnam-fink
An absolutely astonishing autobiography, the Vietnamese equivalent to A Bright Shining Lie, and a candid look into the inner workings of the revolution, its strengths, and its flaws.

Tang was a child of privileged in colonial Saigon, second of sixth sons, educated in French culture by his father and Confucian tradition by his grandfather. In 1945, when the Japanese surrendered and Ho Chi Minh proclaimed a revolutionary state, Tang took his father's bird rifle and joined the vanguard youth, where
"My son, I simply cannot understand you. You have abandoned everything. A good family, happiness, wealth--to follow the Communists. They will never return to you a particle of the things you have left. You will see. They will betray you, and you will suffer your entire life."
Truer words were never spoken.
These were the words the author's father said the final time the two of them spoke to each other. His father was spot on. The author was played as a USEFUL IDIOT of the communists and then dumpe
The author is the former Minister of Justice for the Provisional Revolutionary Government in South Vietnam. This is a very intriguing book, just what its title says. In this memoir, Truong explains how revolutionary idealism came upon him despite his privileged background; the trials he experienced as a prisoner of the South Vietnamese; his life in the jungle during US bombardment; and the final victory. Then he describes how this victory crumbled, as his nationalistic ideals were pushed aside i ...more
Duncan Cameron
Having read many books on the subject I felt obliged to have a look from the other side. After reading, what sticks in my mind is the tremendous hardship
suffered by the Vietnamese, and how their hopes and dreams of independance and ensuing freedom were bitterly betrayed.
Truong Nhu Tang comes from a wealthy background, something I find
hard to relate to. It would have been easy for this man to keep his
head down and cash in on his status and education. However while
appearing to do so he is highly
This was enlightening, to say the least. It was fascinating to learn how the Vietcong felt they won the war because of their domestic propaganda campaign in the West. It also wasn't a surprise to hear the bitter story of betrayal when the country was unified and all hope of democracy was squashed by the Communists. It was good to know that Americans and Vietcong didn't die for nothing. If the Americans really had been perfect and the Communists taking over with prosperity and kindness, people wo ...more
Kelley Ross
I can't say that this book was thrilling, and it definitely lulled me to sleep several times during reading... but it was interesting and honest. I read this novel because my Vietnam war history class required it, and it was definitely a nice complement to the class because it gave a non-American viewpoint towards the war. Learning that the Vietcong weren't all communists, for instance, was really interesting. I also had no idea that southern Vietnam used torture methods on prisoners.
First account of the war I've seen that was written by the other side. Interesting the learn the differences between the Viet Cong & North Vietnamese groups that were fighting against us. Viet Cong were not all ardent Communists, in fact very few were. The reader is able to see the shift in Viet Cong support for the North to realizing the South's objective of a Nationalist government was not what their allies from the North had in mind.
Jared Hoey
The guy writing it ended up being a counter-revolutionary, so what he says needs to be taken with a grain of salt. He met Hoxha though, which is cool.
Written by a top member of the PAVN who later fled the country after the NVA victory. Interesting narrative history of VC life in the field, but eventually ends up sounding kindof like an endorsement of American policy. That said, I need to re-read it and re-evaluate it.
Hunter Marston
A very interesting account from a revolutionary nationalist that is equally compelling for its anti-American/Sai Gon'ism as its critical split from the Communist hardliners that hijacked the Vietnamese revolution.
Absolutely essential to an understanding of how revolutionaries can be controlled from above by ideologues who aren't telling the whole truth. Should be read by every Federalist in America.
Interesting perspective on the Vietnam war. I was assigned this book to read for two different classes. I've only read it once.
Peri Ann
required reading for Dr. Rush's Vietnam War class at ASU, but really good!
Read for HSTAS 265: Viet Nam Between Revolution & War, 1940-1990
Unforgettable reading from the eyes of a Vietnamese.
most emotionally difficult book ever.
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One of the founders of the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam (NLF) and Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam (PRG) and Minister of Justice during the Vietnam War era.
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