Edward Miller is an Associate Professor of History at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He is a specialist in the history of the Vietnam War and in the international history of the Cold War. He speaks and reads Vietnamese and visits Vietnam frequently, and his research is based on extensive work in Vietnamese, American, and European archives.
Prof. Miller's first book, entitled MISALLIANCE: NGO DINH DIEM, THE UNITED STATES, AND THE FATE OF SOUTH VIETNAM is a reinterpretation of the rise and fall of Ngo Dinh Diem, the founding leader of South Vietnam. In MISALLIANCE, Miller rejects the conventional interpretations of Diem as an American puppet or a tradition-bound mandarin. Instead, he uses previously inaccessible sources--including documents from the South Vietnamese government archives--to show that Diem was a shrewd and ruthless operator with his own vision for Vietnam's development. He also shows how Diem's determined pursuit of his nation building agenda led to tensions with his American allies as well as growing internal resistance to his rule. In the closing chapters of MISALLIANCE, Miller presents a definitive new account of the 1963 crisis that culminated in Diem's ouster and assassination in an American-backed coup--a turn of events that changed the course of the Vietnam war.