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Caught between huge conflicting forces, people look with foreboding on the gathering clouds of war
1.Points of Crisis
The rise of Kim Dae Jung and the high price of his failed drive for reconciliation with North Korea
Three contributions on Korea -- North, South and Kim Dae Jung -- for this massive five-volume work on human rights issues worldwide
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Memories of the Vietnam War and its aftermath from the arrival of U.S. forces to the release of the last U.S. POWs
The Vietnam War as it spread through Cambodia and Laos into northern and northeastern Thailand
Washington's pact with Pyongyang won't help the starving children
2.Covering Korea
Q&A, Asia-Pacific Businss & Technology Report
Looking back to the Old Days: A Correspondent's Field Manual; A Reader’s Guide to Real News:
Korea through the eyes of correspondents who were there, 1871-2006
Following the story
How the news goes in and out of the Hermit Kingdom
3. Business and Economy
The Rev. Moon's empire bouncing back in South Korea
Play-by-play account of the meltdown that nearly bankrupted the South Korean economy
The story of North Korea's 105-story white elephant
An unauthorized study of Korea's largest business group, its triumphs and failures, and the peasant's son who founded it.... "Korean Dynasty is a must read for business people and students of business and the social sciences learning about the socio-economics of Asia." Business Book Review Library; 1995, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p1
The ultimate business reference to the Philippines, providing practical advice from leading experts
Iraq and South Korea face contrasting economic problems and issues, as seen in these articles for Institutional Investor
4. Seoul-Searching
I.--Heart and Seoul: From the ashes of war, Korea's capital rises like a phoenix to world-class. II.--Three Perfect Days: Wining, dining, sightseeing and strolling around one of the world's oldest and greatest capitals

Tell it to the Dead:
Stories of a War

"One of the best written, least known books on the Vietnam war, TELL IT TO THE DEAD rates four stars from us. Read it and see why."
- - MilitaryCorruption.com



Uh oh, the author of this review didn't like the book at all:

"Kirk's book is a classic of its type, a positive gem of deliberately biased reporting seeking to present itself as reflecting the overall attitudes..."
-U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Military Review, 1976


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(M.E. Sharpe, Armonk, N.Y., 1996, hardcover and paper)

“A searing, skeptical look at the Vietnam War as seen by the G.I. in the jungles.”
-Andrew J. Pierre, Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Affairs


“Is what I'm seeing what I'm seeing? Kirk, in these stories, wonderfully carries the reader through key stages of that strange struggle, with a feel for the action and grasp of political paradoxes that few others have matched, and that a new generation of readers and writers would do well to learn from.”
- Donald Tate, Stars and Stripes


"The My Lai massacre....could only be the illegal face of a 'legal' campaign of slaughter: the authorised military tactic of 'recon by fire,' as Kirk notes in his evocative book, was to 'fire blindly into the bush.'"
-J.L.S. Girling Austalian National University, Pacific Affairs


More than two decades after the original edition, subtitled “Memories of a War,” the author has added six chapters, an extraordinary glossary of terms unique to the era, plus photographs, including the cover, that he shot during the war and in later visits. Arthur J. Dommen, journalist, author and colleague, has contributed a glowing new foreword.

The Vietnam War was fought on thousands of fronts from the northern mountains to the Mekong delta. The author reflects and refracts the suffering of Americans, Vietnamese, Khmer, soldiers and civilians, in the cities and countryside, describing personal experiences and responses to the sights and sounds of fighting and dying.

Visiting Saigon 20 years after the defeat of the American-backed forces, he returns to the scene of the napalming of a Vietnamese girl whom he last saw as she ran down a road followed by her little brother, flimsy bandages wrapped around them, minutes after Associated Press photographer Nick Ut captured the girl naked in one of the war’s most telling portraits.

Back in the USA, the author sees disillusioned veterans and foes of the war, and he recounts his reunions with his war-time assistant and family, first at their home in Saigon and finally as they settled into new lives in California.

Here is a rich and varied tapestry of America’s greatest tragedy since the Civil War.

”In 1975 North Vietnamese tanks rolled into Saigon, and the Vietnam War became a memory for the foreign correspondents who covered it. In that year Donald Kirk published a book whose title,Tell It to the Dead, quoted a marine whom he met seven years earlier at Khe Sanh, one of the bloodiest battlefields of the war. The comment is as evocative as ever of the bitter feelings of those who fought a war that the American public has not yet come to grips with. It is fitting that Kirk's book is being reissued, for it constitutes not only a contribution to the American literature on the war but also firsthand evidence of that bitterness, collected by one of the best of those correspondents, sometimes under fire.”
-from the Foreword by Arthur J. Dommen, author, “The Indochinese Experience of the French and the Americans: Nationalism and Communism in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam”


“One of the few Vietnam war correspondents who spent more time in the field than in the bars in Saigon, Kirk ... makes clear that the GIs knew they'd been had long before the folks back home realized it.”
-Clarence Petersen, Chicago Tribune

“The book was originally published [in 1975] and has been freshened with periodic flash-forwards as the author returned a generation later to visit some of his old haunts.”
- AsiaWeek

“Donald Kirk's book is a major contribution to US literature on the war.”
- Eric Cavaliero, Hong Kong Standard

“This updated edition is interspersed with new chapters that reveal what is happening in Vietnam and Cambodia today and the bitterness over the conflict that still lingers.”
- Library Journal

“An honest portrait of an army in retreat….A reporter who believed in getting his boots muddy, Donald Kirk visited various line units of the Americal Division and 101st Airborne during the withdrawal phase of the Vietnam War. His accounts of brave but unmotivated grunts ring true. Kirk also conducted extensive interviews with support troops at major bases like Chu Lai and Da Nang, where morale was even worse than in the field, and his accounts of the drug and racial problems that beset the US Army during the latter years of the war are also fair and accurate.”
- Becky Millinger, Washington County, Missouri

Skyscrapers rise along Saigon River in era of construction in Ho Chi Minh City



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