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Finding the Dragon Lady: The Mystery of Vietnam's Madame Nhu

Monique Brinson Demery.
Publisher PublicAffairs  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9781610394673
Pages/Publication Date 258/2014
Daedalus Item Code 79510
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In November 1963, South Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem and his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu were brutally executed in a coup sanctioned by the U.S. government. President Kennedy explained to his friend Paul "Red" Fay that the fateful decision to support the coup was in no small part because of the interference in U.S. objectives caused by South Vietnam's first lady, the provocatively fierce and beautiful Madame Nhu. The collapse of the Diem government became America's entry point for a decade-long conflict in Vietnam, and the memory of Madame Nhu was soon eclipsed, yet at the time, to correspondent David Halberstam, she was "the beautiful but diabolic sex dictatress," while photographer Malcolm Browne called her "the most dangerous enemy a man can have." Exiled to France, the once-glamorous celebrity had retreated into seclusion by 1987, and remained there until young American scholar Monique Demery tracked her down in Paris 30 years later. Finding the Dragon Lady is Demery's story of her improbable relationship with Madame Nhu, and—having ultimately been entrusted with Madame Nhu's unpublished memoirs and her diary from the years leading up to the coup—the first full history of the Dragon Lady herself, and Demery gives us a remarkably clear-eyed portrait of this extraordinary woman.

"Demery succeeds in painting such a nuanced picture of this powerful woman that by the time we reach Madame Nhu's 1963 U.S. press tour, we can sympathize with her desire to defend her country.... [This] is a brave book. Demery realized that 'I had been handed the chance to breathe some life into the remote, exotic place in history to which she had been assigned,' and she took that opportunity to push beyond the conventional understanding of this painful and polarizing era. It's a testament to her deep knowledge of Vietnamese and American culture that she leaves us wondering what might have been."—SFChronicle

"Finding the Dragon Lady stands out from most biographies of political leaders: It emphasizes, rather than conceals, the competing narratives of an unreliable and manipulative subject.... It was ultimately Demery's candid way of writing and structuring her biography that won her the battle.... Her book reveals the many masks Madame Nhu wore to guard herself against the public (and even the author), and gives stark glimpses of the woman underneath."—Kirkus Reviews

"She was an enigma, extremely powerful in her heyday but almost forgotten since then: Madame Nhu, wife to the brother of the president of South Vietnam and in practical terms the first lady, a woman small of stature but hugely influential, whose participation in events preceding the 1963 coup that saw her own husband and brother-in-law executed contributed directly to the escalation of the war in Vietnam and to the radical alteration of the American and Vietnamese political and social landscapes. Based on Madame Nhu's unpublished memoirs and on personal interviews with the woman known as the Dragon Lady, the book restores Madame Nhu to her proper place in history, as a ruthless and brilliant woman without whose manipulations the war in Vietnam might have turned out very differently. Madame Nhu, who died in 2011, spent more than 40 years (roughly the second half of her life) living far out of the public eye; this frequently surprising book brings its subject back from exile."—Booklist

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