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. 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, rediscovering a new lifestyle of leisure and luxury. Ho Chi Minh is still revered but the rulers struggle to hide the dark history of the Communist Party. Increasingly the power of the state slips away as Vietnamese are drawn into a new world of conspicuous consumption, a world of motorbikes and movie stars, HIV and the Internet. A powerful and vivid account of Vietnamese society, Shadows and Wind is essential reading for the specialist and a vital guide for the visitor to one of the most beautiful, ravaged, and misunderstood countries of the world. 384 pages.
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