South Viet Nam: Revolution in the Afternoon

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The week in Saigon began and ended with death. At its start, another Buddhist, the seventh, chose the now notorious way of protest against President Ngo Dinh Diem's regime. Soaked in gasoline, he rode up to a crowded square, struck a spark, and went up in flames before anyone could stop him. At week's end, Diem himself lay dead alongside his brother, Ngo Dinh Nhu. The two men who had fought so long and so stubbornly—against Communism, against their critics, against the Buddhist demonstrators—had been consumed by a fire more slowly...

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