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Death Zones and Darling Spies : Seven Years of Vietnam War Reporting
by Beverly Deepe Keever


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In 1961, equipped with a master's degree from famed Columbia Journalism School and letters of introduction to Associated Press bureau chiefs in Asia, twenty-six-year-old Beverly Deepe set off on a trip around the world.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Chosen for 2015 One Book One Nebraska

In 1961, equipped with a master's degree from famed Columbia Journalism School and letters of introduction to Associated Press bureau chiefs in Asia, twenty-six-year-old Beverly Deepe set off on a trip around the world. Allotting just two weeks to South Vietnam, she was still there seven years later, having then earned the distinction of being the longest-serving American correspondent covering the Vietnam War and garnering a Pulitzer Prize nomination.

In Death Zones and Darling Spies, Beverly Deepe Keever describes what it was like for a farm girl from Nebraska to find herself halfway around the world, trying to make sense of one of the nation's bloodiest and bitterest wars. She arrived in Saigon as Vietnam's war entered a new phase and American helicopter units and provincial advisers were unpacking. She tells of traveling from her Saigon apartment to jungles where Wild West-styled forts first dotted Vietnam's borders and where, seven years later, they fell like dominoes from communist-led attacks. In 1965 she braved elephant grass with American combat units armed with unparalleled technology to observe their valor--and their inability to distinguish friendly farmers from hide-and-seek guerrillas.

Keever's trove of tissue-thin memos to editors, along with published and unpublished dispatches for New York and London media, provide the reader with you-are-there descriptions of Buddhist demonstrations and turning-point coups as well as phony ones. Two Vietnamese interpreters, self-described as "darling spies," helped her decode Vietnam's shadow world and subterranean war. These memoirs, at once personal and panoramic, chronicle the horrors of war and a rise and decline of American power and prestige.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780803222618
  • ISBN-10: 0803222610
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publish Date: May 2013
  • Page Count: 360
  • Dimensions: 9.59 x 5.32 x 0.81 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

Series: Studies in War

Related Categories

Books > Language Arts & Disciplines > Journalism
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Personal Memoirs
Books > History > Military - Vietnam War

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-03-11
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this powerfully plainspoken account, one of the leading female journalists of the Vietnam War relays her personal experience of the bloody conflict that divided America and changed the global political landscape in this powerfully plainspoken account. As a young 26-year-old farm girl from Kansas, Keever arrived in country in 1961 and joined a band of gutsy women—including Gloria Emerson, Frances Fitzgerald, Mary McCarthy, Edith Lederer, Laura Palmer, and Kate Webb—filing from the front lines and jungle combat zones. Keever covered the increasingly divisive high-tech war from all sides—from the Viet Cong wreaking havoc on towns along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, to the American military’s efforts to reinforce those same communities, and the pacific yet passionate Buddhist monks efforts for peace (she interviewed Thich Quang Duc just days before his legendary self-immolation). Whether reporting from the ditches of the siege of Khe Sanh, detailing the harried arrival of U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, or fondly recalling her friendship with Pham Xuan An (one of the eponymous “darling spies”), Keever provides a ground-level look—by turns shrewd, lucid, and humane—of the war in Vietnam. Photos. (May)

 
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