NORTH VIET NAM: The Knowledge of Death

For the first ten days, the only knowledge of the uprising in North Viet Nam came from the Communist radio itself (TIME, Nov. 26), which described the revolt in heavily Catholic Nghean province as "prepared long in advance" by "reactionary hooligans . . . taking advantage of our mistakes in the application of land reform."

Conducted by Party Boss Truong Chinh, the North Vietnamese land reform was a bloody business in which a whole uniformed army of reformers had marched into peasant areas, declared martial law, stripped tiny landholders of their farms, and shipped thousands off to prison or death...

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