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Passion, Betrayal, and Revolution in Colonial Saigon: The Memoirs of Bao Luong Hardcover – 21 May 2010

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (21 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520262255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520262256
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,215,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book will serve as a valuable means of entering the turbulent world of Vietnam in the 1920s and 30s." South East Asia Research 20110614 "Provocative and productive... [Does] a great service to the study of modern Vietnam." -- Erich DeWald Cross-Currents 20130601

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Hue-Tam Ho Tai is Kenneth T. Young Professor of Sino-Vietnamese History at Harvard University. She is the editor of The Country of Memory: Remaking the Past in Late Socialist Vietnam (UC Press) and the author of Radicalism and the Origins of the Vietnamese Revolution and Millenarianism and Peasant Politics in Vietnam.

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Like a trove of photographs, detail and unresolved unknowables 28 Dec 2013
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A fascinating story, revealing much about the early independence movement, relationships with China, how people became involved, and who they were, and much about the intolerable brutality of French colonial rule. It creates a revealing glimpse of history, but like a random handful of photographic stills, it's difficult to read. So much of the real psychological information is still missing and the murder does not seem connected to any real or comprehensible motive or plan, but maybe that unreasoned and obscured chaos is as accurate a reflection of how things worked, in a fog of deception, emotion, conviction and muddled efforts. The tragedy of promising young lives thwarted and crippled by corrupt, flawed and ineffective governing systems and the stumbling efforts of people to create a just society, that's the real story, well worth. telling, even in fragments. Parts of it are so visually compelling, it's cinematic. Somebody should make the film.
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