by David Halberstam


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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 and culture that influenced the American war in Vietnam, while highlighting the importance of nationalism in determining the war's outcome. As depicted by Halberstam, Ho is first and foremost a nationalist and a patriot. He was also, according to the author, a pragmatist "who was able to turn the abstract into the practical and to embody the concept of revolution to his own people." This edition includes a new preface by the author.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742559929
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/28/2007
Pages: 132
Sales rank: 787,409
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 8.91(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

David Halberstam (1934–2007) was the author of 20 books, the last 14 of which have been national best-sellers. His most recent book, The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, is about the Chinese entry into the Korean War. He was the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting in Vietnam and was a member of the elective Society of American Historians.

Date of Birth:

April 10, 1934

Date of Death:

April 23, 2007

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

San Francisco, California


B.A., Harvard, 1955

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Colonial Legacy of the French
Chapter 2: Peasant, Dishwasher, Socialist, Communist 1890–1917
Chapter 3: From Belief to Profession: Ho's Path to Communism 1917–1940
Chapter 4: Creating a Nationalist Movement 1941–1945
Chapter 5: Path to Dienbienphu: The Tiger Defeats the Elephant 1945–1954
Chapter 6: The Americans Arrive: The Second Indochina War 1955–1969

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