SOUTH VIET NAM: The Diem Document

With South Viet Nam's presidential election coming up in October, it would seem that the potential candidates have plenty of immediate issues to argue about. But currently the hottest issue in the campaign is an episode from the past: the coup that ended with the murder of President Ngo Dinh Diem and his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu back in 1963.

The issue was raised by the man who led the Diem coup: Duong Van ("Big") Minh, a former general and one of the chief rivals of President Nguyen Van Thieu, who last week formally declared his candidacy. Two weeks ago,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!