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A History of the Ho Chi Minh Trail: The Road to Freedom Hardcover – November 15, 2006


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  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Orchid Press (November 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9745240761
  • ISBN-13: 978-9745240766
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,984,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Travel Book of the Week - a must have book on Vietnam & Laos -- Mail on Sunday 13th August 2006

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The hardest part of writing this book was first of all overcoming the scepticism of those people who doubted what Clive and I had achieved. It has taken ten years to complete, with several visits to Vietnam, correspondence with America and over two years in Laos, the last year walking some 1400km around the country 700 of which was along the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

Our time in the jungle was hard and for this reason we came to respect the ordinary person who built the Trail as they spent years in the harsh forest under war conditions. For this reason the book is called A history of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, The Road to Freedom because it was the road to freedom for them. Clive and I recognise that it was not freedom for everyone and for that reason we have gone out of our way to give a balanced point of view.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Goldsworthy on January 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
While I have read a number of books on different aspects of the Vietnam War none of them specifically focussed on the Ho Chi Minh Trail (HCMT).

This excellent book gives a clear description of the development of the Trail, at different stages of the war, and also in response to attempts to disrupt the flow of supplies by intense US bombing. The book deals with the HCMT on the ground - leaving aside the more detailed political coverage of the war (eg. in Washington) which has been dealt with by other authors.

Based on research including interviews with surviving (North) Vietnamese officers closely involved with the development of the Trail, as well as extensive travel in Vietnam and Laos, the British author has written a blend of history and travel which is never dry to read. Sometimes such a blend does not work, but with this book the arduous travel conditions, especially in Laos, add a human dimension to the difficulties of terrain and climate faced by those who worked on the Trail.

Excellent maps and photographs compliment the text, and useful appendicies give some wider historical context, organisational details of Vietnamese military units along the trail, and details of US herbicide spraying.

At the end of the book the author states that "because of the ties to Communism the West will never recognize (the HCMT) as one of man's greatest military achievements". This book will help to bring a greater appreciation of the Trail at the organisational and human levels, and will reward anyone interested in understanding how the HCMT became such a critical factor in the outcome of the war.
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I was very excited to get this book, as I have read many stories of the Vietnam war and the fighting on Ho Chi Minh trail. I was very disappointed in the content of this book. I was expecting many stories from North Vietnames soliders and workers who experienced, directly, the fighting on the trail, the challenges of building and rebuilding it after bombing raids, and the very challenge of living in the jungle and traversing the trail. Instead, what I got was the authors story of her travels down the trial. So it is really her story, not a true historical perspective of the trail - at least one that I was interested in. If you are interested in what the author experienced, than buy this book. If, however, you are looking for a direct history of what it was like to be on the trail, or fight on the trail, during the war, then this is not what you will find in this book. Again, its not a bad book, and what the author experienced was interesting, it was simply not what I was looking for or expecting.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Taylor on December 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an exciting travel book for military historians and a useful addition to the history of a turbulent time during the Vietnamese War and the construction of the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

Local councillor, Virginia Morris, and her husband Clive, are frequent visitors to South East Asia, having walked the Trail. They have a detailed local knowledge of what they have photographed and written about.

Actor Hugh Grant once said in the film `Notting Hill', about Turkey, when he was trying to sell a travel book: `it helps, as the author has actually being there'! Presumably that inspired Julia Roberts to buy the book on Turkey even if it was being sold by Hugh Grant! The same sentiment applies with `The Road to Freedom' which is authoritative, full of knowledge and detail, and yet sensitive to the intricate and virtually impossible sets of circumstances which have faced the people of South East Asia over the last fifty years.

I lived through the awful times described and remember them well. My cousin was killed during that war, as a serviceman, so I have a particular interest in what Morris and Hills have to say so many years after the events occurred. I have also served with many US personnel who fought in Vietnam.

The Ho Chi Minh Trail was a decisive factor in the defeat of US forces in the Vietnam War. At its peak, over 16 years, the Trail ran through North and South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Despite massive bombing, American efforts failed to prevent essential goods reaching the North Vietnamese Army. What is so important about the book is the attention it pays to detailed research, the places photographed and visited, and the people interviewed. In its historic perspective, the book is an illuminating statement of the human cost of the war.
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The book contain a lot of present day photos of the trail and very good maps, perhaps need more photos of the war, but is a very good book about the famous Ho Chi Minh Trail.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John D. Santivasci on August 28, 2009
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As a Vietnam Veteran who's mission was to destroy the trucks, people, and anything else on the trail, I found this book to be very eye opening. Flying over the trail was impersonnal, and I never gave any thought to what was happening on the ground. I now have a newly found respect for the North Vietnamees, Cambodians, and Laos. Looking back to what I was doing, and who I was doing it to, some 37 years ago, I can now understand the otherside. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know what it was like on the trail, the people, thier strength, thier love of country, and thier overwhelming love for Uncle Ho and thier Southern Brothers.
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