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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 lives in exile in Paris, the highest level official to have defected from Vietnam to the West. This is his candid, revealing, and unforgettable autobiography.

©1985 Truong Nhu Tang, David Chanoff, and Doan Van Toai (P)2018 Tantor

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Excellent Political History of the Vietnam War

As a Vietnam Veteran, I found this book to be very informative. Perhaps if the United States had never supported the brutal and corrupt dictatorships in Saigon, the South Vietnamese people might been able to establish a true democracy through the ballot box. When the South Vietnamese people were forced to wage war in the jungle, their only allies were the North Vietnamese, who took over the movement and, even though the south was anti-communist, established communism in South Vietnam. The author was an anti-communist leader of the South Vietnamese National Liberation Front. He eventually fled Vietnam after the war, betrayed by the North Vietnamese. Great book.

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Great read

A great book that anyone who enjoyed Animal Farm by George Orwell has got to read

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Engrossing

This book is informative and thought provoking. Really enjoyed the information, however the accent of the reader was hard to understand.

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Hmmmmm...

A most eloquent and interesting account of a VC Politico. Worth the read, yet, considering the author was a priviledged; educated and self described nationalist, its hard to understand why he believed the communists would allow for an independent, reunified South Viet Nam. His naivete cost his father shame, his mother grief and his brothers "reeducation" /incarceration for years.
Owing to his stupidity, many South Vietnamese lost their freedom and many Americans lost their lives and treasure...
It would have been a fitting punishment for the author to have suffered under communist overlords for life rather than escaping to the West.
Vietnam Veteran 1972-1976

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A must read for anyone who loves history

I love history and learning history from all perspectives. 5his book was insightful and eye opening.

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  • 04-20-18

very little acual combat

What disappointed you about A Vietcong Memoir?

the book is basically about a bureaucrat who ran away when the shooting started and left other to die while he did so.

Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

no

What three words best describe Trieu Tran’s performance?

little of interest

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-24-19

Excellent all round

I am an avid interested follower of the the history of Vietnam history especially of the struggles of war I have read and listened to many books and documentaries from both side and I must say I give this book 6 out of 5 stars the twists and turns of this passionate patriotic man that steps thought the war.

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  • Mark Carroll
  • 05-06-19

So informative

Very helpful in understanding the cultural and political aspects and differences between the northern and southern liberationists, the divisions during the war ,and likely ,the harsh treatment of the southern communists after reunification .