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Author Demery, Monique Brinson, 1976- author.

Title Finding the Dragon Lady : the mystery of Vietnam's Madame Nhu / Monique Brinson Demery.

Publication Info. New York : PublicAffairs, [2013]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Hill Avenue Branch Non-Fiction    92 TRAN,L DEM    Available
 PAS La Pintoresca Branch Non-Fiction    92 TRAN,L DEM    Available
Edition First edition.
Description xi, 258 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-244) and index.
Contents Paris, 2005 -- Forgotten graves -- A distinguished family -- Portrait of a young lady -- Long-distance phone call -- The crossing -- A mountain retreat -- The miracle man of Vietnam -- A first lady in independence palace -- Tiger skins -- Young Turks and old hacks -- Burning monks -- Too beautiful to ignore -- Closed doors -- Coup d'etat -- In exile.
Summary "When Monique Demery set out to find the infamous Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu, the former First Lady of South Vietnam had been in exile for over forty years, and had lived in near seclusion for the last thirty of them. Entire books have been written about the consequences of that November coup: sorting out America's role and what effect it had on the coming war, but for the most part, historians were flummoxed by the Dragon Lady. Her hourglass figure filled and splash of color enlightened what were otherwise murky beginnings to a dismal war. And she gave Americans something to rally around, even if it was only to cheer against her. But little was heard from the woman herself. The last New York Times reporter who tried to get access to Madame Nhu in 1987 was turned away at the door and told she charged for interviews--one thousand dollars a pop. But somehow, through a mixture of patience, cunning, and a bit of luck, Demery managed to strike up a years-long relationship with the Dragon Lady and ultimately was entrusted with her diary and autobiography. This book is the story of that improbable connection and a deeper look at the woman who was feared and despised by so much of the world"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Tr̂àn, L̂ẹ Xuân, 1924-2011.
Politicians' spouses -- Vietnam (Republic) -- Biography.
Vietnam (Republic) -- Politics and government.
ISBN 9781610392815 hardcover
1610392817 hardcover

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