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Miller, Edward Garvey
Misalliance : Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and the fate of South Vietnam / Edward Miller
Alternate Title Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and the fate of South Vietnam
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2013
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 3rd Floor  E183.8.V5 M54 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject United States -- Foreign relations -- Vietnam (Republic)
Vietnam (Republic) -- Foreign relations -- United States
Ngô, Đình Dịêm, 1901-1963
Vietnam (Republic) -- Politics and government
Physical Description 419 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 335-403) and index
Contents Man of faith -- New beginnings -- The making of an alliance -- Revolutions and republics -- Settlers and engineers -- Countering insurgents -- Limited partners -- Mixed signals -- The unmaking of an alliance
Summary "As leader of South Vietnam from 1954 to 1963, Ngo Dinh Diem was hailed by some as a "miracle man" who had saved his country from communism. Others denounced him as a U.S. puppet or as a reactionary mandarin. In Misalliance, Edward Miller refutes these simplistic caricatures and presents a new interpretation of Diem and the rise and fall of his alliance with the United States. Drawing on American, French, and Vietnamese archival sources, Miller shows how Diem engineered his own rise to power and outmaneuvered his rivals in Saigon during the mid-1950s. He then embarked on an ambitious program of nation building that was based not on the advice offered by his U.S. advisors, but on his own vision of Vietnam's modernization. Overturning the conventional wisdom about Diem, Miller shows that he was a man with a plan--a plan that turned out to be deeply flawed, with disastrous consequences for both Vietnam and the United States"--Provided by publisher

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