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Ho Chi Minh autobiography

  • bananas4baba

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    Pierre Brocheux or William J. Duiker?

    #1 Posted: 29/3/2010 - 23:10

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  • bananas4baba

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    Apologies, of course, meant 'biography'.

    #2 Posted: 29/3/2010 - 23:14

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    I've read Duiker's one -- found it a bit heavier going than expected and less of a focus on the US war than I thought there would be. Still learned a lot!

    #3 Posted: 30/3/2010 - 07:32

  • bananas4baba

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    Thanks for your reply Somtam. I was leaning towards Brocheux, I think you just pushed me a little more in that direction. Interestingly it appears to have been translated by Claire Duiker. Coincidence or relation, I wonder?

    #4 Posted: 1/4/2010 - 16:41

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    I can now recommend William Duiker's biography of Ho Chi Minh - very well researched and as Somtam says very informative. It's not an easy read but that shouldn't put anyone off. Anyone interested in the subject will be gripped. Maybe not one to travel around with? It's rather bulky! There's still a lot more to be said and written about Ho, as more and more documents become available, but it was certainly a good primer for me. I hadn't quite realised how much of his life was spent 'in exile/on the run' and that towards the end of his life he was little more than a figurehead. I'll be getting hold of the Pierre Brocheux biography shortly now that it is available in paperback.

    #5 Posted: 26/7/2011 - 19:22

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