Finding the Dragon Lady

Finding the Dragon Lady

The Mystery of Vietnam's Madame Nhu

eBook - 2013
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A quest for one of history's most controversial figures?the woman, known everywhere in her day as the Dragon Lady, who was a lightning rod for America's toxic involvement in VietnamShe was ?the beautiful but diabolic sex dictatress" according to the journalist David Halberstam; ""everything Jack found unattractive" in the words of Jacqueline Kennedy; ?the most dangerous enemy a man can have" in Malcolm Browne's view; and everywhere in the media in the 1960s she was the ?Dragon Lady." Monique Demery's search for the woman behind all the epithets, claims, and counterclaims?a.
Published: New York : PublicAffairs, 2013.
ISBN: 9781610392822
1610392825
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (281 p.) :,ill.

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LPL_DanC Sep 24, 2015

If you are a history buff, or interested in true accounts of researchers tracking down mysterious, reclusive figures, this will be a page turner. Author Demery was always fascinated by Madame Nhu, who served as de facto first lady of South Vietnam during the presidency of her brother-in-law in the early 1960s. Demery locates Madame Nhu 50 years later, living in obscurity in a Paris apartment. This book tells the story of Demery's search, and what she learned about Madame Nhu's life before, during, and after the Vietnam War.

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CRAIGEEJ
Sep 18, 2014

A great read talk about a woman of determination and the tiger skins alone were worth the read and they even threw in Beverly Hills. who'd a thunk it. But when your locked up in a dark room with your mother for months after your birth I guess you "HEAR" things.

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Rock_Shadow
Nov 23, 2013

Though only president Diem’s sister-in-law, Madame Nhu was a driving force of the presidency, with her iron will, morality laws such as outlawing abortion, divorce, adultery, contraceptives, beauty pageants and more. I admire Demery for her tenacity in finding and interviewing the recluse Dragon Lady, and for bringing her story to the spotlight. Through Demery’s book I learned a lot more about why and how the Vietnam War started. The web of intimate details of the Vietnamese presidential family, of the influence of the American press, and of political intrigue both in Vietnam and in the US was well researched. Demery didn’t have a chance to truly get inside of Madame Nhu, but what she did find was amazing enough.

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