A Dragon Lives Forever: War and Rice in Vietnam's Mekong Delta

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Texas A&M University Press, 2008 - 472 Seiten
In June 1969, Tom Hargrove arrived in Vietnam as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. But he wasn’t just there to make war against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese armies; Hargrove was also to introduce improved rice varieties into the war-torn region.

This unique memoir tells of Hargrove’s efforts to improve the everyday lives of the Vietnamese, even as he was calling in B-52 strikes against opposition forces. It also relates the story of his return to Vietnam in 1988 and 1990 to observe the progress of the “Green Revolution” he had helped initiate with the introduction of “miracle rice.” In a dramatic twist, his guide on both visits had been a local Viet Cong political officer: a man who could have had Hargrove killed. The rice had improved the lives of the people of the land and preserved the life of Tom Hargrove, though he hadn’t known it at the time.

This account of the U.S. Army’s attempts to win the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese people—an attempt that failed strategically but ultimately achieved its humanitarian goals—is a vital contribution to the ongoing history and literature of the Vietnam era. Hargrove’s dramatic juxtaposition of the sword and the plowshare brings into sharp contrast the paradox of this pivotal time in history.

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Inhalt

Chuong Thien Province 4 June 1988
1
Let Slip the Dogs or Next Stop Is Vietnam
23
Chuong Thien Province 1988
42
Chuong Thien Province 1988
76
Chuong Thien Province 1988
109
A Message at the Vietnam Memorial
126
Chuong Thien Province 1988
147
Chuong Thien Province 1988
177
Hanoi 1988
260
My Days Among the Dead are Past
287
IRRI Philippines 1990
300
We Dont Go There Anymore
314
A Return to the House
323
Ho Chi Minh City 18 May 1990
336
Ho Chi Minh City 19 May 1990
350
Fleeing to the Fall
356

We Happy Few Brothers or We are the Aggies
186
Each Army Hath a Hand
196
A Bridge Over Troubled Waters
206
The Plain of Reeds 1988
221
The First Casualty or Fighting Soldiers from
231
Hanoi May 1988
247
A Walking Contradiction
251
Can Tho 20 May 1990
360
Chuong Thien Province 21 May 1990
378
Chuong Thien Province 22 May 1990
400
The Past Became Our Fate or the Last
425
Would You Do It Again? A Mekong
439
Postscript
464
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Über den Autor (2008)

THOMAS R. HARGROVE graduated from Texas A&M University in 1966 with degrees in agriculture and journalism and held a Ph.D. from Iowa State University. He served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. Hargrove was also the author of Long March to Freedom. He lived in Florence, Alabama and Galveston, Texas prior to his death in 2011.

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