|Ho Chi Minh (1890-1969)
About the Author: David Lan Pham or Pham Dinh Lan was born in Thua Dau Mot (Binh Duong), Southern Vietnam, on February 1st, 1940. A graduate of the University of Sai Gon he specialized in history and geography. He taught history, and had cultural and journalistic activities in South Vietnam before 1975 as General Secretary of the Vietnamese Teachers of History and Geography Association, General Secretary of the Vietnam Library Association, Advisor to the Binh Duong Confederation Vietnamienne du Travail (CVT), and Advisor to the Binh Duong Bo De School (Buddhist School). David Lan Pham left Vietnam clandestinely by boat, and was resettled in the United States in 1986.
|Ho Chi Minh: A Life
To grasp the complicated causes and consequences of the Vietnam War, one must understand the extraordinary life of Ho Chi Minh, the man generally recognized as the father of modern Vietnam. Duiker provides startling insights into Ho’s true motivation, as well as into the Soviet and Chinese roles in the Vietnam War.
|Ho Chi Minh: A Biography
Ho Chi Minh is one of the towering figures of the twentieth century, considered an icon and father of the nation by many Vietnamese. Pierre Brocheux’s biography of Ho Chi Minh is a brilliant feat of historical engineering. In a concise and highly readable account, he negotiates the many twists and turns of Ho Chi Minh’s life and his multiple identities, from impoverished beginnings as a communist revolutionary to his founding of the Indochina Communist Party and the League for the Independence of Vietnam, and ultimately to his leadership of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and his death in 1969. Biographical events are adroitly placed within the broader historical canvas of colonization, decolonization, communism, war, and nation building. Brocheux’s vivid and convincing portrait of Ho Chi Minh goes further than any previous biography in explaining both the myth and the man, as well as the times in which he was situated.
One of the most influential leaders of the 20th 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.
|Ho Chi Minh: The Missing Years|
This book explores Ho’s pre-power political career, from his emergence at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 to his organization of the Viet Minh united front at the start of the Second World War. Using previously untapped sources from Comintern and French intelligence archives, Sophie Quinn-Judge examines Ho’s life in the light of two interconnecting themes–the origins and institutional development of the Indochinese Communist Party, and the impact on early Vietnamese communism of political developments in China and the Soviet Union.