An unprecedented anthology in scope and content. The selections are well chosen and succinctly introduced. The translations are highly scholarly and remarkably readable. This anthology will be very useful to students of Asian history and culture as well as to general readers.
(Ngo Vinh Long, University of Maine)
An essential research tool for anyone interested in Vietnamese history. The editors have done a marvelous job of locating, interpreting, and translating key documents written in a variety of languages.
(Hue-Tam Ho Tai, Harvard University)
[ Sources of Vietnamese Tradition] will be indispensable for students interested in Vietnamese society and political theory.... Essential.
This addition to the venerable Introduction to Asian Civilizations series marks a major step in the maturation of Vietnam Studies in the American academy.
This is an excellent volume that fills a long-standing need for English-language translations of primary documents that cover the chronological breadth and diverse concerns of the Vietnamese past.
(Journal of Asian Studies
A one-of-a-kind introduction to Vietnamese history, lending us an ear to Vietnamese voices that speak beyond revolution and war. The English flows smoothly--never an easy task, especially when working from literature and other forms of culture-bound discourse. An important contribution to teaching Vietnamese history.
(Charles Wheeler, University of Hong Kong)