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We worked harder than we had ever worked in our lives, or would ever work again. We were drunk on work. Work was passion. We were in it for the long haul, and from the beginning we swam upstream.Sydney arrives in Vietnam filled with altruistic purpose, but all too soon he finds himself up to his neck in dangerous intrigue. The head of the Llewellyn Group, Dicky Rostok, is trolling for information, and he uses Sydney's connections with a French planter and his American-born wife to further his own agenda. Despite the best of intentions, Sydney unwittingly becomes the source of information that will eventually lead to death, betrayal, and ruin. In A Dangerous Friend Ward Just conveys the depth of America's misunderstanding of the situation in Vietnam even as he illustrates how idealism unleavened by knowledge can be a perilous thing, indeed. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Just has an elegant, simple way of writing that I found quite appealing.
In short, I would totally recommend this book and now look forward to reading other earlier books by this author that are available.
Ward Just's book shows a very interesting story of what it must have been like to be French as this American involvement unfolds.
After reading "To What End", Ward Just's journalistic account of the American experience in Vietnam, I decided to sample his fictional account, A DANGEROUS FRIEND. Read morePublished 12 months ago by R. M. Peterson
Mr. Just is a great wordsmith. This is a most fine read about a turbulent time in history. A must read for those interested inthis time in US, nand Vietnamese, history.Published 18 months ago by steve northup
As a Vietnam Vet, avid reader on the subject of Vietnam and collector of same books, "A Dangerous Friend" is in my five star category (top). Read morePublished on July 25, 2008 by John G. Domagata
The Vietnamese gardeners stand quietly in the American civilian compound and wait for a leaf to fall from a tree. When one does fall a gardener picks it up and disposes of it. Read morePublished on April 5, 2007 by Bucherwurm
read an author who clearly is writing for readers and not with an eye cocked toward Hollywood. At one point before an important meeting among the main characters, Just goes into... Read morePublished on February 14, 2007 by Michael Moore
One of the exciting things about reading --and I guess this applies to many cultural endeavors, is discovering a new author --as I did when I recently read Ward Just's latest book... Read morePublished on November 27, 2006 by Richard Kurtz
My husband and I both read this book and enjoyed it immensely, and we don't usually enjoy the same type of book. It is extremely well written in a sophisticated style. Read morePublished on January 3, 2006 by pks
There were some interesting aspects to this book, most especially the decision by the author to focus on the early days of the Vietnam War--a topic not discussed nearly enough. Read morePublished on February 9, 2003
I liked this book and liked seeing the civilian side of the war revealed. What a crock these people must have been about in the early days of the war. Read morePublished on October 2, 2002 by David L. Eastman