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Perfect Spy: The Incredible Double Life Of Pham Xuan An

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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The Father of All Things: A Marine, His Son, and the Legacy of Vietnam

Opening with a gripping account of the chaotic and brutal last month of the war, The Father of All Things is Tom Bissell’s powerful reckoning with the Vietnam War and its impact on his father, his country, and Vietnam itself. Through him we learn what it was like to grow up with a gruff but oddly tender veteran father who would wake his children in the middle of the night when the memories got too painful. Bissell also explores the many debates about the war, from whether it was winnable to Ho Chi Minh’s motivations to why America’s leaders lied so often. Above all, he shows how the war has continued to influence American views on foreign policy more than thirty years later.

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Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers

Daniel Ellsberg was a U.S. military analyst in 1969 when he learned that the government was hiding the knowledge that the Vietnam War could most likely not be won. His release of the papers to the New York Times and other U.S. newspapers in 1971 precipitated a political crisis, and led to a series of events culminating in the Watergate burglaries that brought down President Richard Nixon. In this interview, Ellsberg tells his story.

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Another Vietnam: Pictures of the War from the Other Side

Another Vietnam presents the view of the North Vietnamese combat photographers who documented their people's 30-year struggle, first against the French and then against the Americans. Intended above all to inspire, their pictures portray a society committed to victory at all costs, but they are much more than mere propaganda - They show us courage, drama, resolve, and - often - a violent beauty. National Geographic Picture Editor Doug Niven sought out surviving photographers and discovered a treasure trove of images created under the harshest of conditions and preserved for a quarter century against all odds. He discusses the project in this interview with WILL's Tom Rogers.