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America's Miracle Man in Vietnam: Ngo Dinh Diem, Religion, Race, and U.S. Intervention in Southeast Asia
by Seth Jacobs
America’s Miracle Man in Vietnam rethinks the motivations behind one of the most ruinous foreign-policy decisions of the postwar era: America’s commitment to preserve an independent South Vietnam under the premiership of Ngo Dinh Diem. The so-called Diem experiment is usually ascribed to U.S. anticommunism and an absence of other candidates for South Vietnam’s highest offi ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published January 27th 2005 by Duke University Press Books
(first published March 11th 2004)
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A large part of my research for my new novel involves learning about Vietnam in the late 1950s/early 1960s, in particular the role of the U.S. in the rise of Ngo Dinh Diem to power. From this book I was expecting a history of the man. Instead, I discovered an absolute gem of a study about the significance of religion in politics in the 1950s, and the influence of religion on choosing a leader to back for South Vietnam. I started highlighting passages of interest, and realized I was highlighting ...more