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An extraordinary book, brilliantly conceived and cogently argued. Miller transcends the scholarly and political polemics of Vietnam War literature, presenting readers with a fresh and original take on Ngo Dinh Diem and South Vietnam's relationship with the U.S. Misalliance is sure to be greeted with widespread acclaim. (Andrew Preston, author of The War Council: McGeorge Bundy, the NSC, and Vietnam)
Miller rejects the simplistic and partisan interpretations that have dominated earlier accounts of America's partnership with Vietnam. Misalliance will be not only a major advance in our understanding of Ngo Dinh Diem and U.S.-Vietnamese relations, but it will fundamentally alter the direction of scholarship on the Vietnam War. (Keith Weller Taylor, author of The Birth of Vietnam)
A monumental contribution to our understanding of America's misguided intervention in Vietnam. Great books advance knowledge as well as historical debate, and this is exactly what Miller achieves. Misalliance could easily be the best new book of the year. (Larry Berman, author of Zumwalt: The Life and Times of Admiral Elmo Russell "Bud" Zumwalt, Jr.)
An exemplary work of research and scholarship. Miller dispels in definitive fashion the myth that Ngo Dinh Diem owed his appointment as prime minister of a nascent South Vietnam to American intercession or that he was ever a 'tool' of the Americans. (Rufus Phillips, author of Why Vietnam Matters: An Eyewitness Account of Lessons Not Learned)
[Miller's] book skillfully places the establishment of the new nation in the great debate after World War II between the high modernist (Walt Rostow et al.) and low modernist (The Ugly American) development schools. Miller's command of the various parties and factions that jostled for power at the collapse of, first, Japanese occupation and then French rule is exhaustive, and his analysis of the economic development programs--land reform, the Agrovilles, the Strategic Hamlet program--is fascinating in its own right. (Charles Trueheart Weekly Standard 2013-06-10)
[Miller] mines new Vietnamese and French sources to advance important arguments. Miller offers numerous new details of Diem's early career to present him as a serious modernizer seeking to retain traditional principles. He illuminates Diem's close personal friendship with the iconic Vietnamese anticolonialist Phan Boi Chau, with whom he spent long hours discussing the relevance of Confucianism--its moral and philosophical precepts--to modern politics and society.
(Mark Moyar Wall Street Journal 2013-06-28)
Edward Miller is Associate Professor of History at Dartmouth College.
Very good read. I would highly recommend this book to the serious Vietnam reader. If your looking for a "War History" this is probably not
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The Vietnam-US relationship from President Diem's perspective. An anecdotal and wonderfully readable history of the fraught relationship between Washington and Saigon, seen mostly... Read morePublished 16 months ago by vj cruise
Historical events and explanation were clearly, logically presented. Unbiased perspective. The author presented the viewpoint of President Diem's and his brother's ideas of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by ANH DO