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Fatal crossroads : a novel of Vietnam, 1945, Seymour Topping

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Fatal crossroads : a novel of Vietnam, 1945
Title
Fatal crossroads
Title remainder
a novel of Vietnam, 1945
Statement of responsibility
Seymour Topping
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Ho Chi Minh was not always an enemy of the United States. There was a time near the close of World War II when American agents of Wild Bill Donovan's Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency, lived with Ho Chi Minh, trained and armed his Vietminh cadres. One of them, a medic, saved his life. This novel, based on those OSS operations, unfolds as the United States is poised at a fatal crossroads-to pursue President Roosevelt's vision of a trusteeship for Indochina leading to independence or allow France to resume its colonial control. On a secret mission to realize Roosevelt's vision, Travis Duncan, a special agent of the OSS, undertakes a perilous journey across the China border, eluding bandits and Japanese patrols, to Ho Chi Minh's jungle camp. Duncan is witness in North and South Vietnam to the brutality of the no-holds struggle between Vietnamese nationalists and the French for control of the country. Two women out of Duncan's past become key actors in his mission, one, an aide to Ho Chi Minh, and the other, a Gaullist agent. The reader will recognize the historical characters in this novel; the other characters are based on real individuals or are fictional personages. They speak to a lost opportunity in dealing with Ho Chi Minh and the French at a turning point in history that might have spared America the agony of the Vietnam War."--Publisher's website
  • "Ho Chi Minh was not always an enemy of the United States. There was a time near the close of World War II when American agents of Wild Bill Donovan's Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency, lived with Ho Chi Minh, trained and armed his Vietminh cadres. One of them, a medic, saved his life. This novel, based on those OSS operations, unfolds as the United States is poised at a fatal crossroads-to pursue President Roosevelt's vision of a trusteeship for Indochina leading to independence or allow France to resume its colonial control. On a secret mission to realize Roosevelt's vision, Travis Duncan, a special agent of the OSS, undertakes a perilous journey across the China border, eluding bandits and Japanese patrols, to Ho Chi Minh's jungle camp. Duncan is witness in North and South Vietnam to the brutality of the no-holds struggle between Vietnamese nationalists and the French for control of the country. Two women out of Duncan's past become key actors in his mission, one, an aide to Ho Chi Minh, and the other, a Gaullist agent. The reader will recognize the historical characters in this novel; the other characters are based on real individuals or are fictional personages. They speak to a lost opportunity in dealing with Ho Chi Minh and the French at a turning point in history that might have spared America the agony of the Vietnam War."--Publisher's website
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DLC
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1921-
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Topping, Seymour
Dewey number
813/.54
Illustrations
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Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3570.O663
LC item number
F38 2005
Literary form
fiction
Series statement
Signature books
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  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Americans
  • French fiction
  • Colonies
  • Vietnamese fiction (French)
  • French
  • Vietnam
Label
Fatal crossroads : a novel of Vietnam, 1945, Seymour Topping
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
56599576
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 275 pages
Isbn
9781891936692
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2004022170
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
(OCoLC)56599576
Label
Fatal crossroads : a novel of Vietnam, 1945, Seymour Topping
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
56599576
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 275 pages
Isbn
9781891936692
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2004022170
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
(OCoLC)56599576

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