Tradition and Transformation in North Vietnam, 1925-1988
Author: Hy V. Luong
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
"One of the most significant efforts to result thus far from the improvement in scholarly access [to North Vietnam].... Combining life history interviewing with archival research in Vietnam, Canada, and France, the book focuses on the village sociocultural system's encounter with Western colonialism, capitalism, and socialist revolution." --Journal of Asian Studies
Rare firsthand accounts from North Vietnamese pilots plus details on fighter operations against the U.S. Description of the "Black Friday Massacre," the U.S.'s largest aerial defeat Intricate diagrams of aircraft Until now, the day-to-day operations of the Vietnamese People's Air Force have remained relatively unknown. Roger Boniface gives voice to Vietnamese pilots whose stories have never before been told, from their view of the gradual escalation of the conflict to their version of events seen differently by American aviators and historians.
Colonel Bui Tin, scion of a line of mandarins who defied tradition by becoming a revolutionary, was one of Vietnam's most prominent journalists. His privileged position on Nhan Dan - the Vietnamese equivalent of Pravda - ensured access to the highest and most reliable government and party sources.