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Death in the ricefields : an eyewitness account of Vietnam's three wars, 1945-1979

Author: Peter Scholl-Latour
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, [1985], ©1979.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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For over thirty years, the world's ideologies have been fought out in the ricefields and jungles, the towns and cities of Indochina. In this remarkable eye-witness account the author has condensed all his experiences and observations of those wars into a series of graphic images. Sights, sounds, and smells come alive in a vivid recreation of one of the most tragic battlegrounds of modern history. The author, a TV  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Personal narratives
Named Person: Peter Scholl-Latour; Peter Scholl-Latour
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Scholl-Latour
ISBN: 0312186193 9780312186197
OCLC Number: 11677644
Notes: Translation of: Der Tod im Reisfeld.
Includes index.
Description: 383 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: By way of a Preface: Gloom over Saigon: Ho Chi Minh City, August 1976; --
THE FIRST INDOCHINESE WAR: the French: --
'You are going the wrong way!': on board the Andus, Winter 1945 --
Buddha astride the tiger: Cochin China, Spring 11946 --
Uncle Ho's pact with the French: Haiphong, Spring 1951 --
The changing face of the war: Saigon, Spring 1951 --
The arrival of the aristocrat: Hanoi, Spring 1951 --
The fighting bishop: Phat Diem, 1951 --
Crossing the Chinese border: Lai Chau, 1951 --
The aftermath of Dien Bien Phu: Hanoi, Summer 1954 --
A visit to an outpost: Son Tay, Summer 1954 --
Machine-guns in the ricefield: Route 10, Summer 1954 --
The last engagement: Hung Yen, July 1954 --
An exchange of prisoners: Hai Thon, Summer 1954 --
Flight across the 17th parallel: on the road from Hanoi to Saigon, Summer 1954 --
Prelude to a new tragedy: Saigon, Summer 1954. THE SECOND INDOCHINESE WAR: the Americans: --
The Khmer smile: Cambodia, Spring 1965 --
War, American style: Vietnam, Spring 1965 --
Night patrol with the Marines: Vietnam, the 17th parallel, Autumn 1966 --
Victor Charlie keeps a low profile: the Kim Son Valley, Autumn 1966 --
The Manila Summit: Manila, Autumn 1966 --
Remembrance of things past: Laos, Autumn 1966 --
'Destroyed in order to be saved': Vietnam, Autumn 1967 --
Ready for the revolution: Cambodia, Spring 1970 --
Dispersal and flight: Hue, Easter 1972 --
The Vietnamization of the coffins: Saigon, Spring 1972 --
Secret agents and opium smugglers: the Golden Triangle, Summer 1973 --
Pol Pot at the gates: Cambodia, August 1973 --
Prisoner of the Viet Cong: South Vietnam, August 1973 --
Troubled dreams in Bali: Bali, March 1975 --
The last days of Saigon: Saigon, April 1975 --
Indochina, mon amour: on the flight home, 26 April 1975. THE THIRD INDOCHINESE WAR: the Chinese: --
Re-education and realignment: Ho Chi Minh City, August 1976 --
The Sparta on the banks of the Red River: Hanoi, August 1976 --
The enemy from the north: the northern border of Vietnam, August 1976 --
Scorpions in a bottle: Hanoi, August 1976 --
Earthquake in China: Peking, late August 1976 --
Conflict in Cambodia: the Thailand-Cambodia border, February 1979 --
Holding the Vietnamese tiger by the tail: Bangkok, February 1979 --
Reinforcements for the Khmer Rouge: Kyon Yai, late February 1979 --
Monks and cocktails in communist Laos: Vietiane, March 1979 --
The deserted royal way: Pakse, March 1979 --
Crisis on the Mekong: Vientaine, March 1979 --
Mulling over the war: Hong Kong, March 1979 --
The dragon and the polar bear: Peking, March 1979 --
Sihanouk's guest: Peking, March 1979 --
Wall-posters and western fashions: Peking, March 1979 --
The wheel turns full circle: Kunming, March 1979 --
Companions for thirty years: Pan Qi, March 1979 --
Marx and Mohammad: Kunming, March 1979 --
Epilogue in Europe: Paris-Bonn, August 1979 --
Chronology.
Other Titles: Tod im Reisfeld.
Death in the rice fields
Responsibility: Peter Scholl-Latour ; translated by Faye Carney.

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For over thirty years, the world's ideologies have been fought out in the ricefields and jungles, the towns and cities of Indochina. In this remarkable eye-witness account the author has condensed all his experiences and observations of those wars into a series of graphic images. Sights, sounds, and smells come alive in a vivid recreation of one of the most tragic battlegrounds of modern history. The author, a TV reporter and journalist, has a unique knowledge of this troubled area having visited it many times while covering three successive wars - the war against French colonialism, the American involvement in Vietnam, and the final devastation of Kampuchea, as the French, the Americans and the Khmer Rouge have each in turn tried to impose their own version of freedom upon others by force. This is a major new account of the most important area of conflict in modern times.

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