Cover image for An American in Hanoi : America's reconciliation with Vietnam
Title:
An American in Hanoi : America's reconciliation with Vietnam
Author:
Anderson, Desaix.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
White Plains, N.Y. : EastBridge, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
viii, 284 pages ; 23 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781891936036
Format :
Book

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Status
Item Holds
Searching...
DS559.912 .A54 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

"Anderson is a retired foreign service officer whose extensive involvement in Asian affairs makes him eminently qualified to address the key issues confronting US foreign policy towards [this] region. He was appointed as [the first] American charge d'affaires when . . . [relations were] normalized with Vietnam . . . The book is a comprehensive yet readable account of US-Vietnamese relations since the long delayed rapprochement and provides an insider's view of Vietnam's struggle to reform its political and economic structure to achieve relevance in the age of globalization. The most rewarding feature informs the reader that there is much more to US-Vietnam relations than the POW/MIA issue, which has occupied mainstream media attention. The birth pangs of a newly unified nation and the challenge of refashioning a socialist national economy under the homogenizing pressures of the capitalist world order are discussed with great insight and sympathy. Recommended for students studying Asian affairs and US foreign policy in general, and for the general public interested in issues surrounding globalization. All levels." Choice " . . . contributes significantly to understanding how the United States normalized relations with Vietnam. Anderson maintains a remarkable and commendable spirit of hope for the future of Vietnam and US-Vietnamese relations. An American in Hanoi is relentlessly upbeat, providing a welcome antidote to grouchy journalists and political scientists who still describe one of the fastest-changing societies on earth as 'stagnant' and 'sclerotic' . . . highly recommended reading." Interchange"An American in Hanoi is a significant addition to the growing library on Vietnam since the war ended in 1975, and a splendid picture of an outstanding member of the Foreign Service doing his job. . . . His absorbing story works on two levels ? for students of modern Vietnam and for anyone interested in a diplomatic career." from the Foreword by Richard C. Holbrooke"This book melds personal story, diplomacy in action, historical context, economic analysis, prognosis and policy prescriptions. Anderson's advocacy of engagement . . . will provoke supporters and critics alike, thus serving the larger purpose of a national dialogue on a subject that continues to haunt the American psyche." Winston Lord". . . Here are the portraits and views of today's Vietnamese ranging from Politburo members and military leaders to the people on the street, most of whom are seeking to find ways to work with Americans." Don Oberdorfer, former Washington Post Diplomatic Correspondent and author of Tet!


Reviews 1

Choice Review

Anderson is a retired career foreign service officer whose extensive involvement in Asian affairs makes him eminently qualified to address key issues confronting US foreign policy towards this region. He was appointed to be American charge d'affaires when the Clinton administration normalized relations with Vietnam in 1995 and opened the US embassy in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. The book is a comprehensive yet readable account of US-Vietnam relations since the long delayed rapprochement, and provides an insider's view of Vietnam's struggle to reform its political and economic structure to achieve relevance in the age of globalization. The most rewarding feature informs the reader that there is much more to US-Vietnam relations than the POW/MIA issue, which has monopolized mainstream media attention. The birth pangs of a newly unified nation and the challenge of refashioning a socialist national economy under the homogenizing pressures of the capitalist world order are discussed with great insight and sympathy. Recommended for students studying Asian affairs and US foreign policy in general, and the for general public interested in issues surrounding globalization. All levels. S. G. Shimizu Michigan State University