Crooked Bamboo

Crooked Bamboo

Inside the Diem Regime and South Vietnam's Tragedy

Peace and Conflict Series

by Nguyen Thai

Edited by Justin Simundson

Foreword by Larry Berman

Published by: Texas Tech University Press

Imprint: Texas Tech University Press

272 Pages, 0.00 x 0.00 x 0.00

  • Hardcover
  • 9781682830413
  • Published: October 2019


  • eBook
  • 9781682830505
  • Published: April 2020


Crooked Bamboo is a political memoir centered on Nguyen Thai’s inside account of South Vietnam’s Ngo Dinh Diem regime. Thai was a close personal aide for Diem as well as Director General of Vietnam Press, giving him significant access to Diem and other Ngo family members. Although the Diem era is the focus of the memoir, Nguyen Thai’s post-1963 career as a government official, businessman, and confidant of several key South Vietnamese figures sheds light on the aftermath of the Diem regime and the dilemmas of South Vietnam’s anti-communist elite throughout the Vietnam War. Thai’s attempts to help bring the war to a negotiated end and his experiences as one of the first former South Vietnamese officials to return to Communist Vietnam also offer important reflections on the meaning of the war and its aftermath.