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The Cat From Hue SIGNED COPY

Laurence, John.

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ISBN 10: 1903985102 / ISBN 13: 9781903985106
Edité par Publicaffairs, Oxford, 2002
Ancien(s) ou d'occasion Etat : Fine Couverture souple
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Softcover issued without Jacket. First Printing without inscriptions. SIGNED by Author with Dedication "February 3 2002 For John Fellow Book- lovers, Collector dealer and reader, with all best wishes, Jack Laurence." A Vietnam War Story. N° de réf. du libraire 17621

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Titre : The Cat From Hue SIGNED COPY

Éditeur : Publicaffairs, Oxford

Date d'édition : 2002

Reliure : Soft Cover

Etat du livre :Fine

Etat de la jaquette : No Jacket

Signé : Signed by Author

Edition : First Edition.

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John Laurence covered the Vietnam War for CBS News from 1965 to 1970 and was judged by his colleagues to be the best television reporter of the war. His documentary film, "The World of Charlie Company", won every major award for broadcast journalism and also the George Polk memorial award for "best reporting in any medium requiring exceptional courage and entrprise abroad". Despite the professional acclaim, the traumatic stories Laurence covered became a personal burden that he carried long after the war was over. The result is this passionate memoir about what he witnessed there, laced with humour, anger, love and the unforgettable story of a very idiosyncratic cat who was determined to play his part in the Vietnam revolution. In reconstructing his experiences, Laurence relied noy only on his notes and memory and formidable literary skill, but on dozens of hours of film footage shot at the time, giving the book an uncanny power and fidelity to facts. "The Cat From Hue" is full of bizarre stories of unknown solders and famous journalists and generals, incredible humanity and tenderness and also corruption and cowardice. Along the way, it clarifies the history of that murky war and illuminates the role that journalists played in it. This book should stand with Michael Herr's "Dispatches" and Neil Sheehan's "A Bright Shining Lie" as one of the best ever written about Vietnam.


With over half a decade of service as a war correspondent in Vietnam, John Laurence earned deserved accolades for his reportage, especially for his documentary The World of Charlie Company. In this superb book, The Cat from Hue, he returns to that time, drawing on long-buried memories to capture the confusion, deceit, and terror of the era.

In 1968, John Laurence unhappily found himself dodging bullets and poking among ruins of the ancient Vietnamese city of Hue, eventually wandering square into the sights of a gun held by a North Vietnamese soldier, who could easily have shot him dead but did not. It was not his first encounter with mortal danger, and not his last; as this long, intricately constructed memoir unfolds, death greets the reader on nearly every page, along with the more mundane facts of war--the language of soldiers, the things they carried, the numbed resignation to battle as "an edge against fear." (Superstition plays a role, too: Laurence figured that the "coins, charms, four-leaf clovers, religious medals and all kinds of talismans" that he kept with him would somehow shield him from bullets, as perhaps they did.) In the company of a shell-shocked kitten, the cat of his book's title, Laurence goes on to document the lives and deaths of young soldiers during the invasion of Cambodia, men who, though personally decent in the main, were part of "a monster that inflicted so much random violence and death it produced an entire new body of evil, a catalogue of cruelty that overshadowed any possible virtue that might have come from defeating the Communists."

Harrowing, sometimes hallucinatory, written from among the weeds and rubble, and one of the best in a crowded field, Laurence's book deserves the widest possible audience. --Gregory McNamee

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