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Perfect Spy: The Incredible Double Life of Pham Xuan An, Time Magazine Reporter and Vietnamese Communist Agent (Paperback)
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.
About the Author
Berman is professor and chair of political science at the University of California, Davis.
“Larry Berman in his book—insightful, overdue, an authentic ‘Shock and Awe’ story—deftly humanizes the contradictions in An’s life”
“Berman has done an excellent job… There’s plenty here for both supporters and critics of the Vietnam War to ponder.”
-Dan Southerland, former correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor in Saigon
“Berman has unraveled the mystery of his strange double life in an engrossing narrative.”
-Stanley Karnow, author of Vietnam: A History and winner of the 1991 Pulitzer Prize in history
Praise for NO PEACE NO HONOR “A marvelous piece of work.”
Praise for NO PEACE NO HONOR“Carefully researched, authoritative, and highly readable.”
-Stanley Karnow, author of Vietnam: A History
Praise for LYNDON JOHNSON’S WAR“A masterful job.”
Praise for LYNDON JOHNSON’S WAR“Highly readable, full of telling quoted from newly opened sources.”
Praise for LYNDON JOHNSON’S WAR“Berman has delivered the coup de grace.”
“A remarkable blend of biography, history, and personal experience... Highly recommended.”---A.O. Edmonds