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A Story of Vietnam Paperback – February 25, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1432750206 ISBN-10: 1432750208

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (February 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432750208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432750206
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Thank you for submitting your work to Outskirts Press for evaluation.I am pleased to report that your work A Story of Viêt nam has been accepted for publication.

You certainly have an interesting narrative here. I really enjoyed your approach and outlook... You do a nice job of sharing your research and ideas. Your narrative voice is very familiar and friendly. You have a way with words and your writing has an excellent flow to it. Your book is nicely put together and filled with information I am sure many people will find interesting and thought provoking. It is obvious that you have done your homework and put much work and preparation (and research) into your work. You have a certain fervor for your subject matter because you really speak to your audience. I am certain your word will be well received by a wide audience. Your book is well written.

From the Author

As I wrote this book, I always kept in mind the generations of hyphenated Vietnamese who have had no opportunity to learn much about the land of their ancestors in schools of their new country. I wanted to narrate to them the story of Vietnam from the beginning to the present. I also meant to relate the political events of Vietnam's past to its cultural features so that my readers can experience Vietnamese society in its wholeness.
I also wish this work will find its way to the people who know already so much about Vietnam as a war but who would still like to read something about Vietnam as a people, a country, a culture.

More About the Author

Truong Buu Lam, originally from Vietnam, is a retired professor
of History from the University of Hawai`i. Upon receiving his
doctorate in History from the Catholic University of Louvain
in Belgium, he taught at the Universities of Saigon and Hue,
Vietnam. He came to the U.S. in 1964 to receive further
training at various American universities before settling
down to teach Southeast Asian History at the State University
of New York at Stony Brook. In 1971, he came to Hawai`i to
join the History Department of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

His latest publication is a comprehensive history of Vietnam
entitled A Story of Vietnam.

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in Vietnam.
C. Smith
As a Vietnamese-American I was very excited to get this book, but my hopes were dashed within the first few chapters, as I regretted purchasing it.
It was a good introduction to the history and culture of Vietnam.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Phuoc Tan Le on June 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
Even though I am over 60 and had lived 30+ years in Viet Nam, I found myself learning as I read A Story of Viet Nam. The author, Professor Truong Buu Lam, meticulously and comprehensively narrated the history, culture and people of Viet Nam. The book is worth reading, especially for those with a curiosity to explore Viet Nam.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David SF on February 10, 2012
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Being a Vietnamese-American growing up in the US, I wanted to know Vietnamese history that spans over the history of the nation rather than just focusing on the history around the Vietnam war. I was happy that this book accomplished that goal. I like the peppering of legends and folk tales in between historical accounts. Having heard some of the stories and bits of history from my parents, this book puts things in perspective. I like the fact that the author acknowledge that it's a "story of Vietnam" rather than the history of Vietnam. He made it clear where the source of the various of the accounts come from so we can judge its accuracy ourselves. Dr. Truong was balanced in providing viewpoints from the local Vietnamese, the Chinese, and the French. After reading the book, I bought several copies as gifts to my siblings and friends. They, too, enjoyed the read. Although some finds the interjection of folk tales and legends in between historical accounts to be distracting and confusing. Overall, I highly recommend this book to people who wants to know a more in depth story of Vietnam from a non-western perspective.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Remo Williams on February 21, 2012
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It's been a long time since I've studied Vietnamese history and this book is not only good for reviews and refreshers, but also provides obscure details that I wasn't aware of before. Some typos here and there; needs a little editing but otherwise great book to have for expatriated Vietnamese and young ones growing up speaking English.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CTND on January 26, 2011
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"A Story of Vietnam" was given to me by my big brother as a gift. It's one of the most valuable gifts that anyone could have given to an individual of Vietnamese heritage who was born and/or grew up in a new land or another country, other than Vietnam, like myself. I received and read this book with keen appreciation and much respect for my big brother and Dr. Truong Buu Lam, the author of "A Story of Vietnam."

As a proud Vietnamese American, I am also learning to cherish my Vietnamese heritage and "A Story of Vietnam" has opened the door to the discovery of my heritage. The author's writing style is one of fluidity and conciseness. Dr. Lam wrote this book with the "story-telling" style and I love it! It's so interesting with unabated events in every chapter, nothing like our boring, traditional text books. It's actually NOT a textbook. It's a good story book, period! I am still amazed at how much I've learned from just one book. With some rare photos and great poems in it, make this book even more fun to read. If you like poetry, here's your chance to indulge yourself in some very unique poems that you probably wouldn't be able to find anywhere else, not in English versions for sure. Thus, I am proud to recommend this book to just anyone. Hint: you don't have to like histories to enjoy reading this book.

What lesson did I take away from "A Story of Vietnam"? For me, it's not really a lesson, it's more of a very precious discovery. The author has helped me realize that my heritage is a heritage of honor, pride, and courage. As a reminder for me to be proud and to never forget that, no matter where I might be living and what I might have accomplished in life. I will not tell you more, you'll just have to read it to validate my claim here. I hope you'll enjoy reading "A Story of Vietnam" as much as I did, and still do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lanchi Vo on December 20, 2012
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I don't usually review books (or anything else for that matter), but I read "A Story of Vietnam" and then saw the negative review of CrtclRdr. I can not help but have to put in my 2-cents:

As a Vietnamese-American, growing up during the war, I read this book and think that it is extremely well done. Please note that the book's title is "A Story of Vietnam" not "A History of Vietnam" (I suffered through History classes with all these endless names and dates, so I would never have been interested in this book if it were supposed to be a fact-laden tome of history!). The author is not trying to produce a documentary but a readable "STORY" about Vietnam, so "proper citation and alternative point of views" is really not the point here. He has done an excellent job at weaving together the cultural, historical, literature, artistic, social and political background to tell the story of Vietnam in the most neutral way possible, taking in the point of views from many sides.

As a person telling a story, Dr Truong is entitled to come up with interpretations of his own, which I think is very refreshing and interesting. However, no where in the book I found "deliberate distortion of historical and archaeological finding", or "misinterpretation of historical and cultural references". Don't get me wrong, I am not an expert on these subjects so I am not really qualified to labeled anything as "biased" or, "misinterpreted", or "misrepresentation" or "distorted", or otherwise. I am just a Vietnamese who have lived almost half of my life in Vietnam, with first-hand experience of the Vietnamese culture. I know the history of Vietnam as it was being told and re-told from both sides.
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