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Nationalist in the Viet Nam Wars
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This extraordinary memoir tells the story of one man's experience of the wars of Viet Nam from the time he was old enough to be aware of war in the 1940s until his departure for America 15 years after the collapse of South Viet Nam in 1975. Nguyen Cong Luan was born and raised in small villages near Ha Noi. He grew up knowing war at the hands of the Japanese, the French, and the Viet Minh. Living with wars of conquest, colonialism, and revolution led him finally to move south and take up the cause of the Republic of Viet Nam, exchanging a life of victimhood for one of a soldier. His stories of village life in the north are every bit as compelling as his stories of combat and the tragedies of war. This honest and impassioned account is filled with the everyday heroism of the common people of his generation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. c-c
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  1. Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. A Note on Vietnamese Names
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. PART 1. A GRAIN OF SAND
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1 A Morning of Horror
  2. pp. 3-10
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  1. 2 My Early Years and Education
  2. pp. 11-24
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  1. 3 1945: The Year of Drastic Events
  2. pp. 25-44
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  1. 4 On the Way to War
  2. pp. 45-52
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  1. PART 2. THE WAR OF RESISTANCE
  2. pp. 53-54
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  1. 5 Take Up Arms!
  2. pp. 55-61
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  1. 6 My Dark Years in War Begin
  2. pp. 62-76
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  1. 7 Between Hammer and Anvil
  2. pp. 77-87
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  1. 8 The Shaky Peace
  2. pp. 88-103
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  1. 9 Bloodier Battles
  2. pp. 104-124
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  1. 10 The Geneva Accords
  2. pp. 125-140
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  1. 11 The Year of Changes
  2. pp. 141-148
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  1. PART 3. THE COGWHEEL
  2. pp. 149-150
  1. 12 To Be a Soldier
  2. pp. 151-165
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  1. 13 Progress and Signs of Instability
  2. pp. 166-174
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  1. 14 Mounting Pressure
  2. pp. 175-199
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  1. 15 The Limited War
  2. pp. 200-232
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  1. 16 The Year of the (Crippled) Dragon
  2. pp. 233-260
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  1. 17 On the Down Slope
  2. pp. 261-279
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  1. 18 Hearts and Minds
  2. pp. 280-295
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  1. 19 Sài Gòn Commando
  2. pp. 296-316
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  1. PART 4. VICTORY OR DEFEAT
  2. pp. 317-318
  1. 20 The Tet Offensive
  2. pp. 319-341
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  1. 21 Defeat on the Home Front
  2. pp. 342-377
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  1. 22 The New Phase
  2. pp. 378-396
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  1. 23 The Fiery Summer
  2. pp. 397-414
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  1. 24 Hope Draining
  2. pp. 415-437
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  1. 25 America 1974–75
  2. pp. 438-450
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  1. 26 The End
  2. pp. 451-466
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  1. PART 5. AFTER THE WAR
  2. pp. 467-468
  1. 27 Prisoner
  2. pp. 469-516
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  1. 28 Release
  2. pp. 517-542
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  1. PART 6. EPILOGUE
  2. pp. 543-544
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  1. 29 On the Viet Nam War
  2. pp. 545-559
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  1. 30 Ever in My Memory
  2. pp. 560-574
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 575-586
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 587-598
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  1. About The Author
  2. pp. 599-599
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