Category Archives: Saigon

What I Saw in Vietnam – H.d.s. Greenway

“They were burning brush, as they always do in the dry season, when my plane came in over the Vietnamese coast at dusk. Descending into Saigon, I could see fires burning below me, and in my naïveté I thought I … Continue reading

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Vietnam, Vietnam – Pete Hamill (April 1985)

“Sometimes, in odd places, it all comes back. You are walking a summer beach, stepping around oiled bodies, hearing only the steady growl of the sea. Suddenly, from over the horizon, you hear the phwuk-phwuk-phwuk of rotor blades and for … Continue reading

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The Penguin History of Modern Vietnam by Christopher Goscha – review

A destroyed French tank and an aircraft propeller that are still kept as war relics in the Dien Bien Phu valley. “In 40 years, the relationship between the United States and Vietnam has swung about as widely as is possible … Continue reading

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How Vietnam Changed Journalism

The last journalists leaving Saigon in April 1975. “When I first got to Saigon as a journalist, in 1963, I took it for granted that American policy to counter Communist expansion into the southern part of Vietnam was the right … Continue reading

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Vietnam War haunts are now for dong millionaires

Hotel Continental “The bars of Saigon were home for two generations of war correspondents, the reporters who covered the French and American conflicts. They offered an essential interlude between forays out of the city to the battlefields of Vietnam. Some … Continue reading

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Vietnam, Through the Eyes of Artists – Holland Cotter

A detail of Leon Golub’s “Vietnam II” (1973), at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “Whatever happened to ‘protest art’ — issue-specific, say-no-to-power-and-say-it-loud art? Here we are, embroiled, as a nation, in what many in the art world regard as a … Continue reading

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The Largest Military Construction Project in History

American contractors building a bridge across the Saigon River during the Vietnam War. “By late 1967, there were 485,600 American troops in South Vietnam; over the course of the war, nearly 2.6 million American service members would serve in country. … Continue reading

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