Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2000 08:46:44 -0800 (PST)

Ho Chi Minh biographer interviewed

Irvine -- Who was Ho Chi Minh?

On Wednesday, we attempt to find out by chatting with a historian who has written a comprehensive biography of the Vietnamese leader. William J. Duiker, who formerly served at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon before becoming a university professor, is interviewed on Wednesday, December 20, from 5-6 p.m. on Subversity, a KUCI public affairs program, airing on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange County, California, and Web-cast simultaneously on

His new biography, Ho Chi Minh is published by Hyperion. It is based on extensive research using Vietnamese, American, French and British archives.

To chat with the guest during the show, call (949) 824-5824 or e-mail

Duiker has published numerous other studies of Vietnam's political history, including The Communist Road to Power in Vietnam (Westview, 1981). See: Antpac.

Duiker received his B.A. in political science from Dickinson College in 1954, his B.S. in foreign service, his M.A. in Russian history and Ph.D. in Far Eastern history from Georgetown University in 1955, 1961 and 1968, respectively. Before joining Penn State in 1967 as an assistant professor of history, he served from 1955 to 1958 in the U.S. Army. From 1959 to 1965 he was a foreign affairs analyst and then a foreign service officer in the U.S. Department of State, including service in Vietnam from 1964-65. He became professor at Penn State in 1974 and was appointed Liberal Arts Professor of East Asian Studies in 1994. He is now a Penn State Emeritus Profesor.

Web resources include:

Chapter One of Ho Chi Minh

Flak Magazine review

C-SPAN's Book Notes with links to one-hour video

New York Times review by Frances Fitzerald with another link to Chapter One

Taipei Times review

Chicago Sun-Times review

National Review review


Daniel C. Tsang
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