Ho Chi Minh is one of the towering figures of the twentieth
century, considered an icon and father of the nation by many
Vietnamese. Pierre Brocheux's biography of Ho Chi Minh is a
brilliant feat of historical engineering. In a concise and highly
readable account, he negotiates the many twists and turns of Ho Chi
Minh's life and his multiple identities, from impoverished
beginnings as a communist revolutionary to his founding of the
Indochina Communist Party and the League for the Independence of
Vietnam, and ultimately to his leadership of the Democratic
Republic of Vietnam and his death in 1969. Biographical events are
adroitly placed within the broader historical canvas of
colonization, decolonization, communism, war, and nation building.
Brocheux's vivid and convincing portrait of Ho Chi Minh goes
further than any previous biography in explaining both the myth and
the man, as well as the times in which he was situated.