Hatuxka asked:

Picked this up and noticed in the blurb: Vietnam is referred to as a "crucial colony", not a nation struggling against odious French colonial rule and this battle that led to freedom from French colonialist rule is considered a "tragedy". Ergo the end of colonialism is a tragedy. My question: does the author ever refer to just how repugnant French colonialism was as experienced by Vietnam?

Colin Freebury No, he doesn't. This book focuses on the military, political and diplomatic aspects of the battle of Dien Bien Phu, and describes the key personalities involved.
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