Bernard Fall: Memories of a Soldier-Scholar

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Potomac Books, Inc., 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 285 pages
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Bernard Fall wrote the classics Street Without Joy and Hell in a Very Small Place, which detailed the French experience in Vietnam. One of the first (and the best-informed) Western observers to say that the United States could not win there either, he was killed in Vietnam in 1967 while accompanying a Marine platoon. Written by his widow Dorothy, Bernard Fall: Memories of a Soldier-Scholar tells the story of this courageous and influential Frenchman, who experienced many of the major events of the twentieth century. His mother perished at Auschwitz, his father was killed by the Gestapo, and he himself fought in the Resistance. It focuses, however, on Vietnam and on two love stories. The first details Fall's love for Vietnam and his efforts to save the country from destruction and the United States from disaster. The second shows a husband and father dedicated to a cause that continuously lured him away from those he loved. With a foreword by the late David Halberstam.
 

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Contents

ILLUSTRATIONS
FOREWORD
PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
1THE LAST DEPARTURE
2ON WHAT RESTS OUR DESTINY?
3GERMANY
4FIRST ENCOUNTER
11STREET WITHOUT JOY
12CAMBODIA
13THE OMEN
14SURVEILLANCE
15TO TEST ONESELF
16OPPOSING THE WAR
17RETURN TO THE STREET WITHOUT JOY
EPILOGUE

5THE FIRST TRIP
6THE YELLOW BAMBOO AND THE PRUNE TREE
7WASHINGTON
8THE PURPLE ORCHID
9SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER
10HOWARD UNIVERSITY
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Copyright

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Bernard Fall??'s widow, DOROTHY FALL, is a professional artist. She conducted interviews for this book in the United States, France, and Vietnam for thirty years and drew from her husband??'s entire correspondence, his autobiographical writings, his notes written in Vietnam, and official U.S. government files revealed here for the first time. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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