Pham Xuan An was a brilliant journalist; a friend to the American reporters who covered the Vietnam War, he was an invaluable source of news and a font of wisdom on all things Vietnamese. At the same time, he was a masterful spy for North Vietnam, who kept his cover in place until the day he died. When Thomas Bass set out to write the story of An's remarkable career for The New Yorker, fresh revelations arose daily during their freewheeling conversations, which began in 1992. But it was not until An's death in 2006 that Bass was able to lift the veil from An's carefully guarded story to produce this fascinating portrait of a hidden life.
"This first-rate account, which will appeal to general readers as well as historians, portrays An as a man caught between two cultures who never lost sight of his ultimate goal, peace and prosperity for Vietnam."—Foreword
"Thomas Bass has rendered a sensitive, revealing portrait of the strangely ambivalent personality I knew during the Vietnam War. In doing so he provided us with unique insights into the nature, conflicting sentiments and heartbreak of many Vietnamese who worked with Americans, made friends with them, but in the end loved their land more and sought, as their ancestors had a for a thousand years, to free it from all trespassers."—Seymour Topping
"I was deeply impressed by this book. It is relevant, instructive, funny. The shock of the double never goes away. Neither does the gullibility of the arrogant intruder."—John Le Carré