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To Vietnam With Love

James Sullivan Perches High above Ho Chi Minh City

To Vietnam With Love - tovietnamwithlove [610]

On my first night in the Caravelle Hotel, I parted the curtains draping my room’s windows, and eighteen floors up, gazed out over Lam Son Square, the cinematic heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Looking up...

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City | Vietnam
Topics: Culture | Travel | 20th Century History | Architecture

The Giant and the Pissant: A Fairy Tale

Kenneth Champeon - kchampeon [19,678]

Review of Stanley Karnow's Vietnam: A History, Penguin Books, 1997.

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City | Hanoi | Vietnam
Topics: 20th Century History | War & Conflict

Viet Nam Then and Now: A Veteran Returns

Michael Burr - mbphotog [159]

Then: September 25, 1969. The long flight from California with refueling stops in Hawaii, Guam and the Philippines is now descending into Tan Son Nhut airport, Saigon, Republic of Viet Nam. I peer out...

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City | Vietnam
Topics: Photography | 20th Century History | War & Conflict
Edward Lansdale:  The Unquiet American. By Cecil B. Currey.

Colonel Cassandra

Kenneth Champeon - kchampeon [19,678]

Review of the biography of Edward Lansdale, model of The Ugly American and The Quiet American.

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City | Vietnam
Topics: Literature | 20th Century History | War & Conflict

Film Review: Indochine

Celeste Heiter - cheiter [29,255]

Catherine Deneuve, in perhaps the defining role of her career, stars in Indochine, one of the best Asian epics ever made...

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City | Vietnam
Topics: People | Performing Arts | 20th Century History | War & Conflict

Pulau Bidong: Vietnamese Boat People in Malaysia

Ee Lin Wan - eelin [4,119]

* * * * * "We have heard stories of similarly desperate boat people escaping out of the communist Vietnam. Out in the sea, our main fears were the pirates - who will not hesitate to rob, rape, beat...

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City | Malaysia | Terengganu | Vietnam
Topics: People | 20th Century History | War & Conflict

The Lover: A Film and Book Review

Celeste Heiter - cheiter [29,255]

"Very early in my life it was too late. At eighteen it was already too late. I aged. This aging was brutal. It spread over my features, one by one. I saw this aging of my face with the same sort of...

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City | Vietnam
Topics: Culture | Literature | 20th Century History

In Retrospect In Retrospect

Kenneth Champeon - kchampeon [19,678]

A review of In Retrospect by Robert S. McNamara, who was secretary of defense during part of the Vietnam War.

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City | Vietnam
Topics: 20th Century History | War & Conflict

Hollywood's Vietnam

ThingsAsian Booklist - tab [1,449]

Title: Hollywood's Vietnam. From The Green Berets to Full Metal Jacket . Author: Gilbert Adair Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd (1989) ISBN: 0434045802 Details: paperback, 6" x 9", 227 pages. * * *...

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City | Vietnam
Topics: Performing Arts | 20th Century History | War & Conflict

Our Cassandra in Saigon

Kenneth Champeon - kchampeon [19,678]

"I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused." -from The Quiet American. Review of Graham Greene's "The Quiet American".

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City | Vietnam
Topics: Literature | 20th Century History | War & Conflict
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