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Shadows and Wind: A View of Modern Vietnam

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In Shadows and Wind, Robert Templer paints a fascinating and fresh picture of a country usually viewed with hazy nostalgia or deep suspicion. Here is Hanoi, an increasingly tense and troubled city approaching its millennium but uncertain of its direction. Here are people emerging from a long wilderness of malnutrition, discovering a new lifestyle of leisure and luxury. And everywhere are the anomalies that burst the bubble of optimism: a vastly expensive luxury hotel sitting empty in an unknown town six hours from an international airport; museums crammed with fake exhibits. And there remains the one-party Communist state, still wrapped in secrecy and corruption, and making for an uneasy bedfellow with the rapacious capitalism it now encourages. Drawing on hundreds of interviews in Vietnam and years of research, Robert Templer has produced the first in-depth examination of the problems facing modern Vietnam. Shadows and Wind is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the Vietnam that now has emerged from a century of conflict with both foreign powers and with itself.

Synopsis:

In this powerful and vivid account of Vietnam, Templer draws on hundreds of interviews and years of research to paint a fresh picture of this ravaged and misunderstood country.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [360]-364) and index.

About the Author

After graduating from Cambridge University Robert Templer worked in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Afghanistan. A regular contributor to the Guardian and Sunday Telegraph (London), he is a recipient of the prestigious Soros Fellowship and now teaches at the University of California at Berkeley.

Table of Contents

Map

Acknowledgments

1. Without Heroes

2. Imagining Vietnam

3. Remembering Vietnam

4. Famine

5. Feast

6. Empty Box

7. Excommunicated

8. Industrial Chickens

9. Pendulum

10. Cymbals and Litanies

11. A Mirror of Things Past

12. Social Evils

13. Faith

14. China Lite

15. Melancholy Tribe

16. Young and Restless

17. Conclusion

Chapter Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140285970
Author:
Templer, Robert
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Vietnam
Subject:
Southeast Asia
Subject:
Vietnam Description and travel.
Subject:
Asia - Southeast Asia
Subject:
Military - Vietnam War
Subject:
History
Subject:
Socialism
Subject:
Vietnam Economic policy.
Subject:
Vietnam Politics and government 1975-
Subject:
World History-Southeast Asia
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
no. 2
Publication Date:
19990931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
7.96x5.62x.89 in. .72 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Asia » General
History and Social Science » Asia » Vietnam
History and Social Science » Military » Vietnam War
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » Southeast Asia

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