Shadows and Wind: A View of Modern Vietnam

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In Shadows and Wind, Robert Templer paints a fascinating and fresh picture of a country usually viewed with hazy nostalgia or deep suspicion. Here is Hanoi, an increasingly tense and troubled city approaching its millennium but uncertain of its direction. Here are people emerging from a long wilderness of malnutrition, discovering a new lifestyle of leisure and luxury. And everywhere are the anomalies that burst the bubble of optimism: a vastly expensive luxury hotel sitting empty in an unknown town six hours from an international airport; museums crammed with fake exhibits. And there remains the one-party Communist state, still wrapped in secrecy and corruption, and making for an uneasy bedfellow with the rapacious capitalism it now encourages. Drawing on hundreds of interviews in Vietnam and years of research, Robert Templer has produced the first in-depth examination of the problems facing modern Vietnam. Shadows and Wind is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the Vietnam that now has emerged from a century of conflict with both foreign powers and with itself.

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A powerful and vivid account of Vietnam
In Shadows and Wind, Robert Templer paints a fascinating and fresh picture of a country usually viewed with hazy nostalgia or deep suspicion. Here is Hanoi, an increasingly tense and troubled city approaching its millennium but uncertain of its direction. Here are people emerging from a long wilderness of malnutrition, discovering a new lifestyle of leisure and luxury. And everywhere are the anomalies that burst the bubble of optimism: a vastly expensive luxury hotel sitting empty in an unknown town six hours from an international airport; museums crammed with fake exhibits. And there remains the one-party Communist state, still wrapped in secrecy and corruption, and making for an uneasy bedfellow with the rapacious capitalism it now encourages.

Drawing on hundreds of interviews in Vietnam and years of research, Robert Templer has produced the first in-depth examination of the problems facing modern Vietnam. Shadows and Wind is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the Vietnam that now has emerged from a century of conflict with both foreign powers and with itself.

"Groundbreaking. . . . In a convincing blend of colorful reportage and trenchant analysis, Robert Templer blows away the myths that have misinformed the world about this deeply troubled country."--Jeremy Grant, The Financial Times

"A meticulous and fascinating investigation.. . . For anyone interested in the real legacy of the Vietnam War, this book should be compulsory reading." --The Guardian

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More important to me than the good reviews that this book has received has been the very positive reaction from many Vietnamese, in Vietnam and around the world, and from those who know the country well. Here are some extracts from letters I have received about the book.

"I would like to show my deep thanks for what you have done by writing an impressive book on Vietnam, where I was born and where I spent half my life before I came to the U.S some years ago. There are a lot of things worth talking about , but first and foremost, I am deeply struck by the authenticity of details which I felt everyday when I was in Vietnam but for many reasons, could not express them with such clarity and such quiet strength. I think that you achieved this because you are not a participant on any side during the war: You came to the site with virgin eyes, never polluted by any prejudices. But I also have a strong feeling that you lent a sympathetic ear to the small stories of ordinary people who are living with and against the strains of an existence which, to outsiders, seem to be in great harmony."

"After 23 years, I finally found a writer who really sees and understands the reality of Vietnam, especially that of today's, and describes it so eloquently."

"I've just finished reading the two excerpts from Shadows and Wind published in Destination Vietnam, and I find it the best writing on modern Vietnam I've seen. Really terrific. I'm looking forward to the book with great anticipation. I'm sure my wife, a native of Hanoi, will appreciate it as well."

About the Author:

After graduating from Cambridge University Robert Templer worked in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Afghanistan. A regular contributor to the Guardian and Sunday Telegraph (London), he is a recipient of the prestigious Soros Fellowship and now teaches at the University of California at Berkeley.

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