Welcome to the Annals of Vietnam, a collection of articles, reviews, and images dealing with America's misadventures south and north of the 17th parallel. I have a particular interest in the early years, because that's when I was there as a reporter for the left-liberal magazine, The Nation, which was so financially strapped that it would even publish reports even from a Republican.
There are other articles and reviews as well, all worth reading. The magazine is free to download from VVFHmag dot org, but be aware that if everyone takes it free, it won't last very long. There's a donation button on the website. The download comes as a password-protected PDF, so make a note of it for future reference.
The ebook of Cowboy: The Interpreter Who Became a Soldier, a Warlord, and One More Casualty of Our War in Vietnam will be released on May 1, and the print edition should available at about the same time. I met the man -- born Y Kdruin Mlo, grew up as Philippe Drouin, and changed the spelling to "Philip" when the Americans came along -- fifty-four years ago next month. When I was home that fall, I used him as a character in Incident at Muc Wa, in a role later reprised by Evan Kim for the movie version.
Recently I found myself wondering where Cowboy had come from and what had become of him. It turned out to be a fascinating story, and one that in many ways could stand as a parable of what we call the Vietnam War but Vietnamese know as "the American War." The book is a small one but is, I think, a great read: check it out at Amazon stores worldwide. For other options, and for more about the book, go to DanFordBooks dot com.
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Posted May 2018. Websites ©1997-2018 Daniel Ford. All rights reserved.