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Vietnam, Now: A Reporter Returns

by David Lamb

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Lamb, a reporter during the American War, and again a reporter in Hanoi in the late '90s, gives a complex, nuanced account of Vietnam. Lamb captures the ambiguity of Vietnam as well as his ambivalence--he sees the best and worst in Vietnamese culture. Lamb is well-situated to comment on enduring trends and transient phenomena, and he does so even-handedly and with reasonable self-reflection. Lamb is neither romantic nor cynical about Vietnam, making this book especially refreshing in its genre. Read with Thuong Nhu Tang's A Viet Cong Memoir: An Inside Account of the Vietnam War and its Aftermath, and as a well-balanced contrast to Brownmiller's rather negative Seeing Vietnam. ( )
  OshoOsho | Mar 30, 2013 |
3575. Vietnam Now: A Reporter Returns, by David Lamb (read June 8 2003) The author spent the years 1968-1970 in Vietnam as a reporter, and went back from 1997 to 2000, and I thought this a very good and worthwhile read. It is up-to-date, and not fiction as is Nelson DeMille's Up Country (read 9 Sept 2002). He says things about the war which need to be said, e.g., drug use among U.S. troops was no higher than in the U.S., nor was the suicide rate; 12.5% of combat deaths in Vietnam were black, blacks of draft age being 13.5% of the U.S. population; 97% of Americans received honorable discharges, the same rate as in the prior ten years, etc. He says "in World War II several thousand Americans not only surrendered, they ended up fighting for the Germans"--but gives no footnote for the statement and I have not been able to get more detail of that to me astounding allegation. But this is a very good and informative book. ( )
  Schmerguls | Nov 12, 2007 |
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"Thirty years after he covered the war as a young combat correspondent, David Lamb returned to Vietnam to cover the peace. He moved into an apartment in downtown Hanoi, the city he once viewed as the "enemy" capital, and began exploring the new Vietnam, a country emerging from years of political and economic isolation." "For four years Lamb crisscrossed the country, interviewing personalities from Vietnam's dark days - figures such as the legendary general, Vo Nguyen Giap, and the wartime voice of Hanoi's propaganda machine, Hanoi Hannah - and scores of uncelebrated Vietnamese students, former soldiers, shopkeepers, Communist Party members, and returning boat people. He roamed from Sapa on the Chinese border to Dien Bein Phu, Khe Sanh, and Can Tho in the depths of the Mekong Delta. He met with young engineers on the Ho Chi Minh trail, once the world's deadliest road. He joined a group of former Viet Cong and American GIs seeking reconciliation at the very fire support base where they had fought deadly battles. He explored the charming back alleyways of Hanoi and tasted the giddy excitement of a booming Saigon."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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