Perfect Spy: The Incredible Double Life of Pham Xuan An Time Magazine Reporter and Vietnamese Communist Agent (2020)

Perfect Spy: The Incredible Double Life of Pham Xuan An Time Magazine Reporter and Vietnamese Communist Agent Larry Berman Perfect Spy The Incredible Double Life of Pham Xuan An Time Magazine Reporter and Vietnamese Communist Agent 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
  • Title: Perfect Spy: The Incredible Double Life of Pham Xuan An Time Magazine Reporter and Vietnamese Communist Agent
  • Author: Larry Berman
  • ISBN: 9780060888381
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Hardcover
Perfect Spy: The Incredible Double Life of Pham Xuan An Time Magazine Reporter and Vietnamese Communist Agent Larry Berman 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 proviDuring 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 For than twenty years, An lived a dangerous lie and no one knew it because he was a master of both his jobs.After the war, An was named a Hero of the People s Army and was promoted to general one of only two intelligence officers to ever achieve that rank.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 In doing so, he offers a new perspective on a war that continues to haunt us.
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  1. Khánh Trình

    T i mua cu n s ch n y t ng cho ba t i ngay v a d p s ch t i b n l i v i th ng tin y h n theo l i t c gi T i kh ng nh c nh ng s ch thu c th lo i chi n tranh nh ng khi c xong cu n n y, t i bi t suy ngh tr c c a m nh l sai l m M t ng i Vi t Nam, c bi t l th h sinh ra trong h a b nh, c n ph i t m hi u v l ch s c a d n t c, c bi t l v cu c chi n tranh g n nh t m th h tr c tr i qua.Cu n s ch th c s gi p t i hi u r h n v c ng vi c c a m t i p vi n v m t ph n cu c chi n tranh kh c li t k o d i 30 n m gi [...]

  2. Christopher Rex

    This book was a great find Though, once again, I imagine it falls in the not for everyone category I knew nothing about Pham Xuan An at all and came across this book in Ho Chi Minh City Somebody once said sometimes the books find you That certainly turned out to be true in this case What an interesting character and an amazing little told story of the Vietnam War.Pham worked for Time magazine after attending school in the US during the Vietnam War and all the while he was an undercover agent for [...]

  3. Michael Connolly

    When Vichy France surrendered to the Nazis during World War II, this had implications for French colonies Japan took over Vietnam from the French After America defeated Japan in 1945, Japan lost Vietnam Ho Chi Minh moved into Hanoi There followed several years of the Communist Viet Minh and the French fighting for control of Vietnam, culminating in partition in 1956 The Viet Minh presented themselves as nationalists, not as Communists, in 1954 when they were fighting the French Forces in the 195 [...]

  4. Shinynickel

    Pham Xuan An was a Communist spy during the Vietnam war, going undetected and undiscovered until after the Americans had pulled out, and he was awarded several medals for deeds The events, and Pham himself, were fascinating examining how a man became a U.S news reporter with access to secret documents whose information he filtered directly to Hanoi He was close friends with many American reporters, and astonishingly remained closed friends with them after his status as a spy was revealed The boo [...]

  5. Dawn

    I know very little about the Vietnam War so at times this book was a little confusing with the names and battles Nonetheless, it was a really interesting story of a Time reporter who turned out to be a spy for the North Vietnamese What he did, how he did it, and the fact that he is still very respected are amazing.

  6. Becky

    The author s descriptions of Mr n was highly biased and unconvincing The writing was not clear enough sometimes I did not know whether the sentence was from the author or Mr n s point of view The author talked about many things and yet surprisingly, I still did not know much about Mr n or understand why his job was that important Finally, being a good friend and working hard as a journalist does not make the definition of a perfect spy the book s main argument is a bit ridiculous n in Vietnamese [...]

  7. Viet Hung Nguyen

    This is a great story about General Pham who is a great soldier Above all, he is a human being Being stuck in the war, brutal, he was still able to live up to the core of humanity I m proud of him for that At the end, while there were winners in the war, there were many lives lost on both sides.

  8. Eli

    A compelling biography and an excellent introduction to the diverse issues and questions presented by War in Vietnam and its aftermath The author succesfully offers a sense of personal experience and broader context from a Vietnamese perspective.

  9. Justin

    I was happy to get to read this book because it was for research for a chapter about famous spies I got to ghostwrite for a book my uncle is working on I would never have read it otherwise and, due to my general ignorance about history in general, probably would have died never having even known who Pham Xuan An was.I don t think An is really all that famous in actuality, but this is only because, as far as spies go, he was pretty discreet He was spying for the communists North Vietnam during th [...]

  10. Larry Mccartney

    Do you want to know why the United States lost Viet Nam the country, not the war Then read Perfect Spy The Incredible Double Life of Pham Xuan An, Time Magazine Reporter and Vietnamese Communist Agent by Larry S Berman, Ph.D That the ill conceived, poorly executed U S foreign policy in Viet Nam has long been a highly controversial subject, particularly for those Americans who bore the brunt of enforcing it, is a given Now thanks to Dr Berman the truth is finally documented and the blame placed r [...]

  11. Tory

    Amazing book This guy was a spy for North Vietnam during the war and was a writer for the NY Times None of the other journalists or his friends had ANY idea, yet most of them understood his motivations and forgave him It s an amazing story and you learn a lot about the Vietnam war in the process of reading it We went to a booksigning and met the author.

  12. Nguyen Hoang

    The life of a spy You either get killed for not good enough or get doubted from your allies for being too good Definitely a good book, even though there are still many questions that An chose not to answer.

  13. Anh-Tuan Nguyen

    I read the electronic book not less than 3 times before so definitely, so accidently and so luckily figured out a hard copy one in hard cover while there were many times not noticing about it Perhaps people often would like to forget their dark past, they never have right to forget the history.

  14. Dũng Nguyễn

    I read the book in Vietnamese, that s why I suspected that some parts of the book were removed before publishing From a Vietnamese point of view, I expected to know about Vietnam war and Mr An s secrets during the war, and the book didn t meet my expectation.My rating 2.5 5

  15. Brian Sway

    This is a fabulous real life tale that is unimaginable Larry Berman turns a complex tale into a fascinating page turner.

  16. Hatlogo

    English below Ph n chi ti t v li n m ch nh t l 2 ch ng u v cu i tr c v sau khi b c n l m i p vi n Ch ng u ko c g nhi u h ng, h u h t l cu c i v s h a nh p c a du h c sinh Vi t Nam t i M Ch ng cu i th th v h n i p vi n v i 1 c i v b c ho n h o v th m ch l n i ti ng, nh ng ng y u gi i ph ng l nh ng ng y th p th m lo u nh t V th m ch khi c ghi c ng v i ng th kh ng sao , ng c ng s ng loay hoay 1 th i gian d i T t ng qu hi n i v th n M khi n ng v n lu n trong v ng k m k p c a ch m i, k c khi t duy th [...]

  17. Richard Croner

    I proudly served in the U.S Army from 1966 thru 1999 in both enlisted and commissioned capacities It was a watershed time for me personally I grew up in a family that valued our country and patriotic service During that time in service I learned about moral shortcomings and personal deficiencies I observed and participated in these things first hand As a result of these experiences I have spent a lifetime interested in moral questions, philosophy and ethics This excellent book brought all of tho [...]

  18. John Collings

    Pham Xaun An is considered a hero by many people living in Veit Nam today He supplied vital information to the Veit Cong to help them win both the war against the Americans and the French and to secure a country that was created in the imagination of the people who lived there and not by some outside entity He is also considered a friend to many of the people he worked with at Rueter s news organization and Time magazine that was his cover during the war His compassion to help these people out i [...]

  19. Trang Vu

    Such a compelling stories about Pham Xuan An, one of the greatest spies of all time Besides detailes about historical events, this book is the proof that US never really had a chance to achieve its strategic goals in Vietnam What really intrigued me about this book is the humanistic side of the stories, the internal struggling of An, both during and after the war An was given a chance to study in US by the Communist party, but his personality, his thinking was heavily influenced by the Americans [...]

  20. Margaret Stewart

    An excellent view of the American War , as the North Vietnamese called it, covering the period of the 50s and 60s as the US involvement increased, as well as the 70s when the world s eyes turned to watch the conflict Pham Suan was sent by Hanoi to USA in the 60s to study and get to know America and Americans The story reads like a Graham Green novel, but is true, and researched by an American historian who knew Pham.

  21. Shelly Frick

    Really enjoyed this book, especially having visited Vietnam Thought Bergman did a great job mixing stories from An and his own observations I have to admit, I m not a big history buff or overly knowledgeable of the specific events in the Vietnam American war so some parts were a bit overly detailed for me I found the ending absolutely fascinating

  22. Ha

    This book reminds me of my patriotism sprung from the history lessons taught by my enthusiatic Ms Phong during my grade 8 and 9, when we learned about the American War or Vietnam War to the world.And it will start me to read other books on this war and its aftermaths refugees, sympathizers, boatmen soon.Such a smart guy he is.

  23. Đinh Dung

    R t kh m ph c b c v nh n c ch, v c ch b c i nh n x th v thu ph c nh n t m C m nh n c c ch t duy m ch t M , c ch s ng ngang t ng v gi u l ng tr c n n i b c.

  24. Carrie Froese

    A great eye opener to events of the Viet Nam war from the perspective of someone from North Vietnam.

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