From Enemy to Friend, a north Vietnamese perspective on the war by Bui Tin; 2002; 191 pages; Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD; 1-55750-881-X; purchased from the Title Wave Used Bookstore; 10/15/14-10/17-14
Published in the form of an interview this memoir by Bui Tin covers his involvement in the Vietnam War as a part of the Army, and then his part in the reunification of Vietnam as a journalist and his eventual disillusionment with the government of Vietnam and his relocation to France. He remains a vocal critic of what the government is doing in Vietnam. He shows insight into the causes of the conflict in Vietnam with various other countries prior to the involvement of the United States, and what the original thoughts were in seeking independence. He shows why the North acted the way they did and how various hard liners have refused to give in even today. He speaks to mistakes made by both sides in the conflict and why the Vietnamese people were fighting so strenuously, how the governments on both sides made mistakes in their understanding of each other. Also how other communist superpowers made promises to the North and then reneged on them. He disagrees with the reeducation camps and how the communist government is only taking half measures in rebuilding and the governments mistrust of the United States.
Did I enjoy it? Yes I had been searching for a book from this perspective for awhile (and will continue to) and enjoyed reading it. Multiple perspectives are always a good thing I think.
What is with the title of the review? We each bring our inherent bias to any subject we look at. The Vietnam has been looked at from so many different perspectives that sometimes it seems like another version of Alice in Wonderland as she went through the looking glass.