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Dragon Ascending: Vietnam and the Vietnamese
Dragon Ascending: Vietnam and the Vietnamese
By Henry Kamm
Arcade Publishing, 1996, 304 pp

Kamm, a senior foreign correspondent for The New York Times, has been reporting from Southeast Asia for more than 30 years, and he has an excellent knowledge of the history and politics of the region. This is a rich report on Vietnam, the country, as opposed to Vietnam, the war, which has dominated the American media. He concludes that Vietnam, standing on its own after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the loss of Soviet aid, is a stable country that justifies heightened confidence. He is optimistic about the prospects for "one Southeast Asia" now that Vietnam has been admitted to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and has abandoned its designs for dominance over Laos and Cambodia.