Books about Vietnam, the country

A Listmania! list by C. Stellina "cstellina" (Hanoi, Vietnam)
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The list author says: "I made this list so people who visit me can read and learn about the culture and people in order to prepare for their trip to Vietnam. Sometimes it is hard to sort through the plethora of books focusing on the war to find the books that talk about the whole history of the nation or what the people are like today."
The Sacred Willow: Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family
1.  The Sacred Willow: Four Generations in the Life of a Vietnamese Family by Duong Van Mai Elliott
The list author says:
  "Lots of insights on the culture via the experience of an elite Vietnamese family over four generations living in the north of Vietnam."
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Vietnam, Now: A Reporter Returns
2.  Vietnam, Now: A Reporter Returns by David Lamb
The list author says:
  "As the title suggests a look at Vietnam "today" through the eyes of a reporter."
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Vietnam Today: A Guide to a Nation at a Crossroads
3.  Vietnam Today: A Guide to a Nation at a Crossroads by Mark A. Ashwill
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  "A good look at the changes in culture as Vietnam has opened up its economy and integrated with the wider world."
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Shadows and Wind: A View of Modern Vietnam
4.  Shadows and Wind: A View of Modern Vietnam by Robert Templer
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Dos & Don'ts in Vietnam
5.  Dos & Don'ts in Vietnam by Claude Potvin & Nicholas Stedman
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  "This is a helpful introduction to basic cultural practices in Vietnam though not everything can be rigidly applied, of course."
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The Rough Guide to Vietnam
6.  The Rough Guide to Vietnam by Ron Emmons
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  "I like this guidebook the best."
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Vietnamese: Lonely Planet Phrasebook
7.  Vietnamese: Lonely Planet Phrasebook by Ben Handicott
The list author says:
  "This phrasebook seems easier to use than other ones I've tried.  The phonetic pronunciations given are pretty much useless but the language is well explained."
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Vietnamese, Q&S: Learn to Speak and Understand Vietnamese with Pimsleur Language Programs (Quick & Simple)
8.  Vietnamese, Q&S: Learn to Speak and Understand Vietnamese with Pimsleur Language Programs (Quick & Simple) by Paul Pimsleur
The list author says:
  "People who have used this before visiting me seem to be able to comfortably greet others in Vietnamese.  They also seem to be familiar enough with the sounds and pronunciation to pick up names more easily.  Rosetta stone is also good for training the ear but I think for the traveler this is more effective and useful."
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