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Ho Chi Minh autobiography

Posted by bananas4baba on 29/3/2010 at 23:10

Pierre Brocheux or William J. Duiker?

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Posted by bananas4baba on 29/3/2010 at 23:14

Apologies, of course, meant 'biography'.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 30/3/2010 at 07:32 admin

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!

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Posted by bananas4baba on 1/4/2010 at 16:41

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?

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Posted by bananas4baba on 26/7/2011 at 19:22

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.

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