"Viet Nam at Peace" is the monumental chronicle of a country struggling to emerge from the apocalyptic destruction of war. Philip Jones Griffiths, the author of "Vietnam Inc." and "Agent Orange: Collateral Damage in Viet Nam", has visited Viet Nam twenty-five times since the end of the war. The first Westerner to travel by road from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City after the war, and later the Ho Chi Minh trail, he has amassed an unparalleled photographic record of the post-war transformation of the country. From the first days of terrible hardships, as the joys of victory were quickly tempered by the reality of the extent of the destruction wreaked by the war, and the crippling effects of the U.S. embargo, Griffiths has recorded an uncomfortably comprehensive view of the aftermath of war.
This is not simply a record of shattered landscapes; it is also a record of the shattered hearts and minds, culture and hopes. He has witnessed the limbless heroes, the Amer-asian children, the boat people, and the re-emergence of the social problems of prostitution and drug addiction as the country embraces consumerism. Equally, here are recognized the horrified attempts by the Vietnamese themselves to curb the hydra of its worst excesses. "Viet Nam at Peace" is a seminal work and an apposite sequel to "Vietnam Inc." and "Agent Orange".
Size: 9 3/4 x 13"
Publisher: Trolley, Ltd. (London, 2005)