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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1st Edition edition (2 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300152035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300152036
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.5 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 715,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bill Hayton is the author of 'The South China Sea: the struggle for power in Asia' published by Yale University Press in 2014 and 'Vietnam: rising dragon' published by Yale in 2010. He has worked as a television and radio journalist since 1995 and for BBC News since 1998. He has focused on Southeast Asia since working as the BBC's reporter in Vietnam in 2006-7. He has written about Southeast Asia for many publications including The Times, Financial Times, Foreign Policy, National Interest and The Diplomat. Before working in Vietnam he reported from Europe and the Middle East including Iran, Yemen and the Balkans.

He has a personal website at www.billhayton.com

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`...will appeal...to a businessman or investor seeking a briefing on Vietnam, an old Asia hand, or an inquisitive backpacker.'
--Petroc Trelawny, Irish Times, 20th February 2010

`Hayton gives a balanced, intelligent account of a country who history so differs from our own.'
--Justin Wintle, Financial Times, 27th March 2010

About the Author

Bill Hayton is a reporter and producer with BBC News who covered Vietnam as the BBC's correspondent during 2006-7. While there, he also wrote for the Times, the Financial Times, and the Bangkok Post.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Canukistani on 8 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Books about Viet Nam tend to overfocus on the war. Perhaps unsurprising considering the amount of historical and popular attention given to what is locally known as "the American War." I spent nearly four years in Viet Nam, including the period Hayton lived there and I wish this book had existed then. Hayton is filling a crucial gap in how modern Viet Nam's story is told: trying to describe the complexity of how decisions are made, how government is run and how real people actually live. I can attest to the constant struggle in trying to get beyond what seems to be happening, to understanding what is actually happening. Tight controls on media and culture (which Hayton does a good job describing), its multiple layers of power (all beginning and ending with the Party) and its promotion of history and tradition, mixed with a pragmatism about its future and fast-rising living standards, mean that it is in fact possible to live there and not really understand how it all works. In this way, Rising Dragon is in some way trying to explain the unexplainable by peeling back multiple layers in how Viet Nam manages and presents its official history, current conditions and its face to the world. If the old image of Viet Nam was about the war, then the new shorthand begins and ends with its incredible economic growth and the rise in prosperity and social conditions of its people. Rising Dragon does much to add balance to this popular line about today's Viet Nam. Chapters on media, dissidents, the environment and the economy are especially good. This book paints a fascinating picture of a country trying to maintain control of every aspect of society, while occasionally being forced to accede that control thanks to the ingenuity and industriousness of its people, and its further international integration.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Mankin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Jun. 2010
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I found this book a welcome and timely addition to the growing body of literature on the Asian Tiger economies/countries. Most books, not surprisingly, tend to focus on China (and India) so I found it a refreshing change to read about a country that I know virtually nothing about and associate with the 1965-75 conflict (although the conflict and its causes pre-dates US intervention) - a point the author makes at the start of the book. Bill Hayton provides an insightful exploration of life in Vietnam. I found myself automatically making comparisons with recent events in China (particularly the relationship between state control and economic liberalisation). The journey through the book is well handled by the author whose prose style is highly readable. Recommended for anyone interested in finding out more about a country which, to my surprise (i.e. ignorance), has one of the biggest populations in the world (ranked 13th)!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sally Marullo on 21 May 2010
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This is a fascinating, insightful and excellently written book that reveals how Vietnam actually works in a period of unprecedented economic and social change. The author has done an impressive job of investigating key aspects of the society, and enhances his analysis with pertinent and lively narratives from individuals who are both shaping the future and being affected by change. Their stories illustrate the incredible resourcefulness and vibrancy of a people determined to embrace the 21st century in a positive spirit. I was particularly interested in the author's perspective on the interface between party and state, and the strategies adopted to meet the challenges ahead including on issues relating to civic society and environmental protection.

I highly recommend this book to all those who wish to deepen their understanding of this fascinating, complex and dynamic country and its people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Olalaalolo on 28 Jan. 2012
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For a size like this, the book of course couldn't cover all the things happening around in Vietnam. However with only one year experience living in Vietnam but still he could make a lot of connections and obtain a lot of information like this is an amazing work. I have to say I was very surprised. There was some information I didn't even know about. For a good understanding of what's happening in VN, this is a highly recommendation.
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Having just returned from Vietnam or Hanoi to be precise I wanted to have a better understanding of contemporary Vietnam. I read Robert Templer's Shadows and Wind: which despite the very apt title was frustrating. It has a bias the author does not openly declare (anti Marxist/pro free market) which made for some massive assumptions-particularly historic. Mr Hayton's book is a more recent history and a good mix of politics, history and sociology. He mostly steers clear of judgement and tries not to see events in a Eurocentric way. What I liked most about his book is you hear peoples' voices in the telling or explanation of events. He is a very competent writer and journalist. There are parts of the book which become repetitive but can be sped read without losing the thread. But mostly it was absorbing and insightful. It is readable the 'tea shop gossip' is what makes it human and sometimes very funny. Highly recommended as a primer for anyone going to Vietnam who would like to have some insight into this complex and rapidly changing culture. And Vietnam is an astonishing and rewarding country to spend time in.
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