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The Viet Nam War

Beverly Keever’s Vietnam memoir is One Book One Nebraska winner

Death Zones & Darling Spies: Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting Beverly Deepe Keever In 1961, equipped with a master’s degree from famed Columbia Journalism School and letters of introduction to Associated Press bureau chiefs in Asia, twenty-six-year-old Beverly Deepe set off on a trip around the world. Allotting just two weeks to South Vietnam, she was still there seven years later, having then earned the distinction of being the longest-serving American correspondent covering the Vietnam War and garnering a Pulitzer Prize nomination. In Death Zones and Darling Spies, Beverly Deepe Keever describes what it was like for a farm girl from Nebraska to find herself halfway around the world, trying to make sense of one of the nation’s bloodiest and bitterest wars. She arrived in Saigon as Vietnam’s war entered a new phase and American helicopter units and provincial advisers were unpacking. She tells of traveling from her Saigon apartment to jungles where Wild West–styled forts first dotted Vietnam’s borders and where, seven years later, they fell like dominoes from communist-led attacks. In 1965 she braved elephant grass with American combat units armed with unparalleled technology to observe their valor—and their inability to distinguish friendly farmers from hide-and-seek guerrillas.  [button url=’,675658.aspx’ size=’small’ style=’orange’] More Information [/button] Hanoi’s Road to the Vietnam War Pierre Asselin

Hanoi’s Road to the Vietnam War opens in 1954 with the signing of the Geneva accords that ended the eight-year-long Franco-Indochinese War and created two Vietnams. In agreeing to the accords, Ho Chi Minh and other leaders of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam anticipated a new period of peace leading to national reunification under their rule; they never imagined that within a decade they would be engaged in an even bigger feud with the United States. Basing his work on new and largely inaccessible Vietnamese materials as well as French, British, Canadian, and American documents, Pierre Asselin explores the communist path to war. Specifically, he examines the internal debates and other elements that shaped Hanoi’s revolutionary strategy in the decade preceding U.S. military intervention, and resulting domestic and foreign programs. Without exonerating Washington for its role in the advent of hostilities in 1965, Hanoi’s Road to the Vietnam War demonstrates that those who directed the effort against the United States and its allies in Saigon were at least equally responsible for creating the circumstances that culminated in arguably the most tragic conflict of the Cold War era. Pierre’s book has been “highly recommended” by CHOICE and deemed “outstanding” as well as “illuminating” by Proceedings. A recent H-Diplo roundtable review observed that “despite the massive number of studies on the Vietnam War,” the book “manages to stand out.” It represents “a landmark contribution” sure to “stand the test of time” and “be referred to and consulted for a long time.” Mark Philip Bradley commented in a review in Journal of Military History that “Asselin allows us to see” the origins of the war “as no author has before.” The book effectively constitutes “a new starting point for work on North Vietnam and the coming of the American War.” It has recently been released in paperback. [button url=’’ size=’small’ style=’orange’] More Information [/button] A Bitter Peace Pierre Asselin Demonstrating the centrality of diplomacy in the Vietnam War, Pierre Asselin traces the secret negotiations that led up to the Paris Agreement of 1973, which ended America’s involvement but failed to bring peace in Vietnam. Because the two sides signed the agreement under duress, he argues, the peace it promised was doomed to unravel. By January of 1973, the continuing military stalemate and mounting difficulties on the domestic front forced both Washington and Hanoi to conclude that signing a vague and largely unworkable peace agreement was the most expedient way to achieve their most pressing objectives. For Washington, those objectives included the release of American prisoners, military withdrawal without formal capitulation, and preservation of American credibility in the Cold War. Hanoi, on the other hand, sought to secure the removal of American forces, protect the socialist revolution in the North, and improve the prospects for reunification with the South. Using newly available archival sources from Vietnam, the United States, and Canada, Asselin reconstructs the secret negotiations, highlighting the creative roles of Hanoi, the National Liberation Front, and Saigon in constructing the final settlement. [button url=’′ size=’small’ style=’orange’] More Information [/button]

Hawaiʻi Pacific University History Department: Faculty Profile – Dr. Pierre Asselin

Dr. Pierre Asselin holds a Ph.D. from University of Hawaii at Manoa, and is the author of A Bitter Peace: Washington, Hanoi, and the Making of the Paris Agreement (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002). Recent publications include “The Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the 1954 Geneva Conference: A Revisionist Critique” in Cold War History (2011); “Revisionism Triumphant: Hanoi’s Diplomatic Strategy in the Nixon Era” in Journal of Cold War Studies (2011); “‘We Don’t Want a Munich’: Hanoi’s Diplomatic Strategy, 1965-1968” in Diplomatic History (2012); and several book reviews. His second book is entitled Hanoi’s Road to the Vietnam War, 1954-1965, University of California Press, 2013. Dr. Asselin is a specialist of East and Southeast Asian diplomatic history. He teaches courses on U.S. diplomatic history, the Middle East, the International History of the Cold war, and the theory and practice of diplomacy.

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