'I resign but I do not desert', these were the words of the South Vietnamese strong man Nguyen Van Thieu
five days before he was whisked away by CIA from Saigon on a C-118 transport plane in the end of April 1975.
In a June 7 recording, Nixon told his chief of staff Alexander Haig that South Vietnam's president Nguyen Van Thieu
had leverage in the peace settlement because he knew the US would be embarrassed if his region fell as soon as American forces left.
South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu
, rightly sensing that he was about to be sold down the river, revealed the details of the secret American-North Vietnamese agreement in 1972, hoping to mobilise US Congressional and public opinion against it.
320); among the book's 27 photographs, selected chiefly from the author's and Serong's archives, there is one of Santamaria and Mount meeting with the President of South Vietnam, Nguyen Van Thieu
, in Saigon in December 1972.
Initial discussions with President Nguyen Van Thieu
lasted nearly three hours.
Even when a pair of those generals (Nguyen Van Thieu
and Nguyen Cao Ky) finally brought a modicum of stability, Saigon could still not compete militarily or administratively in the countryside.
The discussion of the Diem regime's approach to political indoctrination and conscription is excellent; by contrast, neither Nguyen Cao Ky nor Nguyen Van Thieu
is mentioned by name.
In the face of the second huge invasion of the Republic of Vietnam in January 1975the first being the Easter Offensive in 1972instead of holding defensive positions and counterattacking, President Nguyen Van Thieu
, himself a former ARVN general officer, ordered his northern armies into a full retreat toward Saigon.
The then South Vietnamese president Nguyen Van Thieu
banned the photographer from re-entering the country.
In turn, the first six papers explore the reasons for the Kennedy administration's complicity in the overthrow of Ngo Dinh Diem; argue that US involvement in Vietnam preserved global democratic security; seek to debunk the "myth" that Nixon and Diem's successor, Nguyen Van Thieu
, sabotaged the 1973 Paris Peace Accords; analyze Cambodia's Khmer Rouge (and its ideology in a separate paper); and examine the Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia.
Nguyen Van Thieu
, who was president of South Viet Nam from 1967 until the fall of Saigon in 1975.
In addition to profiling six major candidates in both parties, LaFeber includes chapters on civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.; the US commander in Vietnam, General William Westmoreland; and South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu
. He uses these individuals to highlight critical aspects of the conflict and the campaign, as well as examining their contribution to the debate over the war.