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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

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

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

A Lolita of the Far East

Kenneth Champeon - kchampeon [19,678]

The setting is colonial Vietnam. A man of thirty-two falls in love with a girl of fifteen-and-a-half, who lies and says that she's seventeen. He's rich; she's poor. Her father is dead and her elder...

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City | Vietnam
Topics: People | Literature | Performing Arts

In The Nam

Kenneth Champeon - kchampeon [19,678]

Review of Nam, a collection of first-hand accounts of the Vietnam War by some of its American veterans.

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

We Were Soldiers Once...And Why?

Kenneth Champeon - kchampeon [19,678]

"Those who do not do battle for their country do not know with what ease they accept their citizenship in America." This clumsy sentence is attributed to Dean Brelis, author of The Face of South...

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City | Vietnam
Topics: Literature | War & Conflict

Lessons Unlearned: Gabriel Kolko's Anatomy of a War

Kenneth Champeon - kchampeon [19,678]

Review of Kolko, Gabriel. Anatomy of a war : Vietnam, the United States, and the Modern Historical Experience [Phoenix Press, London, 1994]. "We had to destroy the town to save it." - American colonel...

Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City | Vietnam
Topics: Literature | War & Conflict

The Quiet Vietnamese

Kenneth Champeon - kchampeon [19,678]

"The weak overcomes the unbending, And the submissive overcomes the strong, This everyone in the world knows yet no one can put it into practice." -- Tao Te Ching One can be forgiven for looking...

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

Apocalypse Now and Again

Kenneth Champeon - kchampeon [19,678]

Review of Frances Fitzgerald's "Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam", Back Bay Books, 2002.

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

Love in the Time of Colonies

Kenneth Champeon - kchampeon [19,678]

Review of Marguerite Duras' Indochina novel The Lover.

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