In the Jaws of History

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Indiana University Press, Jan 1, 1999 - History - 367 pages
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"... the ultimate insider's account of the war from the South Vietnamese side, including the appalling story of how the American intervention actually happened." —Washington Post

"This book gives Americans a rare opportunity—the chance to see the Vietnam experience through Vietnamese eyes. Few Vietnamese know their recent history as well as Bui Diem does. And none has told it better." —Ambassador William Jorden

"... well-written and at times illuminating... " —Library Journal

In the Jaws of History is the most important book written on the Vietnam War from the viewpoint of the South, from an author who was a senior official of the South Vietnamese government and later ambassador to the U.S.

  

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Contents

The Jaws of History i
1
z Early Years i i 3 Secret Societies
16
The Dai Viet
23
The August Revolution
29
British Chinese and French
37
The Terror
45
In Hiding
51
The Bao Dai Solution
62
Ambassador to Washington
175
A Democratic Constitution
184
Behind the Scenes
193
The 1967 Elections
201
A Change in Mood
209
z6 Tet Mau Than
216
The Talks Begin
226
The Anna Chennault Affair
235

Alpine Interlude
71
The French Dig In
77
The Emperors Choice
82
Diem and the Opposition
90
The Coup
99
Beyond the Coup
106
The Government of General Khanh
116
The Americans Intervene
124
Dr Quat and the Generals
144
Toward a Constitution
153
Second Step
165
New President New Policy
247
Buying Time
259
Losing Time
270
The OneMan Election
284
Two Showdowns
297
The Paris Agreement
309
Last Things
321
Epilogue
334
Index
347
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About the author (1999)

Bui Diem is now a consultant on Vietnamese affairs living in Rockville, Maryland.

David Chanoff is the co-author of several other books on Vietnam.

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