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Bernard Fall: Memories of a Soldier Scholar (2006 Hardcover) Unknown Binding – 2006
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In addition to being an author, Dorothy Fall is an artist whose career has included 17 one-person exhibits. Her work can be seen at www.dorothyfall.com. She lives in Washington, DC.
Top Customer Reviews
I used a number of Fall's books in my thesis on Vietnam over 20 years ago. As Dorothy stated, there are many lessons to learn regarding the war in Iraq and modern issues from what happened to Bernard Fall.
I was surprised to read how Bernard's mother was deported to Auschwitz, where she died. They were Jewish and living in Austria, fleeing to initially to France. They were given up by the Jewish community leaders, something Bernard never forgot. He claims to have murdered the French Jews responsible as the worst kind of collaborators. His father was eventually caught and killed by the Gestapo, which was why Bernard joined the resistance at 16. He made some interesting observations, in that killing Germans resulted in 50 French being killed in retaliation. the resistance switched to killing traitors and collaborators, which was much more effective. Toward the end of the war, Bernard was in the regular French Army and fighting with the Moroccans.
I was surprised that Bernard then worked for the Nuremberg Trials as a researcher, specifically the Krupp trials. He seemed to have come up with a great idea of producing maps and diagrams like a statistician. He would later use this technique to prove VC domination in Vietnam. He made maps that showed areas where the villagers did not pay taxes and also where the most assassinations were taking place.
The chapter "Howard" was another revelation. He really planted the seed with black students at this prestigious black university. Even Stokely Carmichael wrote glowingly about Fall as an influence.Read more ›
This book reveals some unmistakable lessons of history. Now, as a result of reading this book, I have purchased Street Without Joy and Hell in a Very Small Place, which are venerated as Fall's masterpieces.Read more ›
Mrs. Fall's account of Bernard's falling out with his professor brought home to me a truth that I have learned in life: once harsh words are spoken, something breaks inside that can never be repaired. Yes, you can reconcile but the trust -- the true friendship -- that was there is gone never to be regained. I have seen this too many times. Never humiliate or let your angry words cross the line that separates communication -- however heated -- and personal attack. If you do, your friend will become your acquaintance. If it is your spouse, your child, your mother or father, brother or sister, you will acquire a sadness and a regret that stays with you until you die.
Except for my father and elderly relatives, I have never lost a loved one and the prospect has always been my greatest fear. But Mrs. Fall lost her dear one in such an abrupt way and at such a young age. The greatness of the man never diminishes but his fame does diminish with time. I can't imagine what it is like to live with the memory of such a man after over 40 years. I am grateful that she wrote this book to help keep his memory alive and I hope that it will point some young people in the direction of his books and thus carry his legacy to future generations.
To the extent that Bernard Fall's major works can be described as scholarly in nature, they are of an extremely engaging and accessible type.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellently written. Very informative about Mr. Fall. Ms. Dorothy Fall should be commended for this well written and researched book.Published 14 months ago by Ernest
Bernard Fall without doubt was the shining light of wisdom out of the darkness of the Viet Nam wars, both the first against the French colonialists and the second against the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Here is one of the most interesting journalists of the 20th Century. He writes the book on the French experience in the Vietnam War, and it's written by a man, though he disagreed... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Daniel Canales
A very touching in memoriam of an extremely versatile, gifted and brilliant person. Written by his widow, who is possibly brilliant herself!!Very well written. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Eveline d'Angremond
An early critic of our looming involvement in Vietnam and why he came to those conclusions.
This book paints a picture of Bernard Fall and how he came to this point in... Read more
This memoir by Dorothy Fall, Bernard wife, with a forward by none other than combat journalist David Halberstam is a must read for all student of the first and second IndoChina... Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by Sgt. Rock
But why are none of Falls books avaiable on the Kindle, for that matter 'The Centurions' and the 'Pretorians' are out of print too! Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by William Llewellin
I read Bernard Fall's three books back in the seventies, after I had been to Vietnam, and wished I had had the benefits of his knowledge and understanding of the country when I... Read morePublished on December 27, 2012 by batalong
As a Special Forces medic heading to Vietnam in 1967 I read every Bernard Fall books available. His insights and writings clearly showed the mistakes the French made in Vietnam. Read morePublished on February 7, 2012 by Pwp