Ho Chi Minh: A Life

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Hyperion Books, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 695 pages
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Although Ho Chi Minh's life helped shape the 20th century, not until now has there been a major biography of this immensely important and elusive figure. This impressive work of history by a world-renowned authority on Vietnam now fills this gap, taking full advantage of information only recently declassified. Engrossing and impeccably researched, this is a revelatory portrait of one of the most mysterious figures of our time. A best-seller in hardback, NY Times Notable Book and one of the LA Times Best Books of 2000, this astounding work is now available in paperback.

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User Review  - carterchristian1 - LibraryThing

I read this book after reading a biography of Mao and Chiang Kai-shek and several books about the USSR relating to China during Ho's lifetime. This was a necessary background explaining the tightrope ... Read full review


User Review  - Kirkus

A masterful, balanced biography of the charismatic Communist leader.To produce this rich, layered life of a man who has achieved mythic status among the Vietnamese, Duiker (History/Penn State) draws ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

William J. Duiker is Liberal Arts Professor Emeritus of East Asian Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. He was a member of the History Department at Penn State until his retirement in the spring of 1997. A former foreign service officer with posts in Taiwan and South Vietnam, he currently specializes in the history of modern Vietnam and China. He was awarded a Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the spring of 1996.
Professor Duiker has written several books and articles on subjects related to modern China and Vietnam. His The Communist Road to Power in Vietnam (Westview, 1981) received a Choice Outstanding Book Award for 1982-1983, and a second award when it was published in a second edition in 1996. Other books include U.S. Containment Policy and the Conflict in Indochina (Stanford, 1994) and Sacred War: Nationalism and Revolution in a Divided Vietnam (McGraw-Hill, 1995). In recent years he has developed a strong interest in world history and with colleague Jackson Spielvogel published a textbook entitled World History (West, 1994), a third edition of which appeared in the fall of 2000.
While at Penn State, he served as chairman of the East Asian Studies Program, as well as director of International Programs in the College of Liberal Arts. He is currently a regular lecturer for the Foreign Service Institute in Washington, D.C., and lives on the Outer Banks in North Carolina.

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