Perfect Spy by Larry Berman

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During the Vietnam War, Time reporter Pham Xuan An befriended everyone who was anyone in Saigon, including American journalists such as David Halberstam and Neil Sheehan, the CIA's William Colby, and the legendary Colonel Edward Lansdale—not to mention the most influential members of the South Vietnamese government and army. None of them ever guessed that he was also providing strategic intelligence to Hanoi, smuggling invisible ink messages into the jungle inside egg rolls. His early reports were so accurate that General Giap joked, "We are now in the U.S. war room."

In Perfect Spy, Larry Berman, who An considered his official American biographer, chronicles the extraordinary life of one of the twentieth century's most fascinating spies.


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Larry Berman is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis. and is Founding Dean of the Honors College at Georgia State University. He is the author of four previous books on Vietnam, including Planning a Tragedy: The Americanization of the War in Vietnam and Perfect Spy: The Incredible Double Life of Pham Xuan An, Time Magazine Reporter and Vietnamese Communist Agent. He has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and received the Department of the Navy Vice Admiral Edwin B. Hooper Research Grant to work on Zumwalt. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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The morally ambiguous life of a respected journalist for Time who turned out to be a spy for the North Vietnamese.

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