Tiger in the Barbed Wire by Howard R. Simpson
An American in Vietnam, 1952-1991

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A former US Foreign Service officer and a novelist, Howard R. Simpson lived in Vietnam during both the French and the American involvements. In the 1950s he went on patrols at Dien Bien Phu as a USIA war correspondent, covered the fall of Hanoi, acted as a press adviser to Premier Diem, and was shot at during the Revolt of the Sects. In the 1950s he was a press adviser to Prime Minister Khanh. Simpson recently returned to Vietnam, and whilst there he interviewed General Giap. In this book he offers an insider's account of an explosive period. As he progresses from neophyte to "old Indochina hand", he describes what Vietnam was like then and what it is like today.
 

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Simpson, a former San Francisco newspaperman, was also a Foreign Service information officer, a USIA war correspondent, and a U.S. consul general.
 
Published August 1, 1992 by Brassey's Inc. 260 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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There are shades of Graham Greene's The Quiet American in Simpson's depictions of the dying French empire and the brash but naive American opportunism;

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With verve, wit and an engaging readiness to admit mistakes, he evokes the exotic pre-Westmoreland years and the growing French resentment of the muscling-in Amerloques' ``dangerous tendency toward criminal naivete.'' Simpson visited the French fortress of Dien Bien Phu before it fell to the Viet...

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